Following instructions found in the wonderful ~ Japanese book-binding Instructions from a Master Craftsman, by Kojiro Ikegami, I have been making a lovely set of four stab bindings in the Kangxi style. According to the author "Named after its reputed originator, Kangxi, one of the first emperors of China's Qing dynasty (c. 1644-1912), this style of binding is characterized by the formal pattern of stitching over the corner pieces."
It is truly a pleasure to work with such beautiful papers - they look good, they feel great and the way they fold is just a treat. This style of binding is a variation of the more ordinary four hole binding, it gives extra strength to the corners and has a more elegant appearance.
However what I enjoy most about making these books is that they seem to reward attention to detail. The more carefully you work and the more precise you are, the more satisfying the end result. Whilst, I suppose that is probably true of most handbound books, I think it is especially true when you are working with very fine paper and when the binding involves exposed stitching.
Finally, I think that one of the interesting things about Japanese bound books is that the pages are double thickness with a fold on the fore-edge, which interestingly allows you to slip an image inside two pages and it will show through the fine paper. I can't wait to make some more now, but its a bit late so I will leave it until tomorrow.