I was enjoying making the Japanese Kangxi bindings the other day, when it dawned on me, that it would be fun to use postcards as front covers for some of these little notebooks.
I don’t know if you are like me, but I suspect you might be - and in that case you will have quite a large pile of cards and postcards that you have gleaned from your trips to art galleries, museum shops etc, or you have picked up some of those free publicity postcards you find in cafe’s sometimes, or kept cards sent to you by friends and family. Anyway, you always think - oh that’s an interesting image, I will take that and do something with it later. Well this is the something that I finally decided to do and I thought you might like to try it too.
I looked for front cover cards that were A6 or slightly larger and then trimmed them to size, I also cut a plain card of the same size for the back cover and folded some A5 paper in half to make the text block of the book, making sure to keep all of the open sides at the spine edge of the notebook.
Then you simply make a template for marking the holes and pierce right through the book after aligning the pages and cover and using a clip to keep them in place.All that is left to do now is to do the stitching which is really quite simple, provided you make the holes large enough to accommodate the thickness of the needle and strong thread you intend to use.
If you are unsure about the method of stitching there are various little tutorials for Japanese stab bindings on youtube.com, you can check them out here or you could treat yourself to a copy of the book “Japanese Bookbinding” by Kōjirō Ikegami, which I find to be an excellent, well illustrated manual with clear step by step instructions for all sorts of Japanese bindings.
Hope you enjoy using up your stash of postcards!