It has been a long while since we bound a book, but if you can believe it, there was a time in our lives when we did far more bookbinding than printing! Recently, someone who had seen our hand-bound books in the past commissioned us to make a guest book for a wedding reception.
The colors for the wedding are ivory and deep plum. We had a spot of trouble finding the perfect book cloth, so we made our own using cotton fabric, interfacing, and Japanese paper. I really love the pattern — and thankfully, I bought enough fabric so that I have some left over for another project (a journal for me, perhaps?).
Perhaps my favorite feature of handmade books — a fine point, admittedly — is the hand-sewn endbands which we create with different colors of silk thread. In this case, we used ivory and lavender to accent the wedding colors. The endband is both decorative and functional, but it also signals the attention to detail and tradition in any book. (It’s the first thing I look for when examining a finely-bound book.)