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In yesterday’s post I mentioned that this would be an indoors bookmaking weekend for me, especially with temperatures soaring in the 90s to the above 100-degree mark. I took a short break from cutting, gluing, pressing and binding to browse through the wonderful world of handmade books on Etsy. I was amazed at the variety of materials used. Can you identify these materials, techniques or styles in the treasury shown below this list?

  • fabric
  • burlap
  • paper
  • wood
  • steampunk
  • leather
  • mixed media
  • polymer clay
  • glass mosaic tiles
  • Coptic stitch
  • embroidery
  • spiral bound
  • 3-D
  • zipper
  • yo-yo flower
  • casebound
  • felt

'Bound by the Word' by MisterPenQuin

All of these books, book covers, journals and albums share the written word in common. I love handmade books, and I love to make them, too!

Wedding guest book Embroidered Personalized guest book Textile art  Journal size - 21 cm x 17 cm ( 8.3" x 6.7") - Indrasideas
Wedding guest book Embr...
Scarfed Woman On A Leather Journal / Notebook / Diary / Sketchbook / Leatherbound - ALittlePresent
Scarfed Woman On A Leat...
Journal - Fabric Covered  Notebook - Diary - Teal Leaves on Dark Brown - Back to School - pasqueflower
Journal - Fabric Covere...
Handmade Journal - Believe in the Possibilties - Custom personalized choose cover color - ArtfulRising
Handmade Journal - Beli...
Journal - Perching Birds - PerkyProse
Journal - Perching Bird...
Heart Journal - Felt Heart Journal - Moleskine Journal - Pink Heart, Daisies, Springtime - 3.5 x 5.5 Lined Journal - CreativeVisions
Heart Journal - Felt He...
Handmade Blank Journal - Purple Petals - storybeader
Handmade Blank Journal ...
Wooden Recipe Book Favorites - Real Wood Covers - memoriesforlifesb
Wooden Recipe Book Favo...
Journal - Live. Love. Hop.  (bunny) - Custom, Made to Order Sketchbook BLANK pages - BeadedTail
Journal - Live. Love. H...
Custom Folded Book - You Say It, I Fold It - Up to 14 characters - Folded Book Art - Birthday Wedding Anniversary - No Tax, Fast Turn-Around - novelbrand
Custom Folded Book - Yo...
Journal of Hope. Steampunk sketchbook - Secret key - journal - polymer clay - fantasy  gothic  blank - skeleton key - angel wings key - MyMandarinDucky
Journal of Hope. Steamp...
Wedding book mosaic - wedding gift, wedding album. summer trend - minimal, blue, azure, provence - LaTenagliaImpazzita
Wedding book mosaic - w...
Burlap Wedding Guest Book and Pen Set Shabby Chic Vintage Inspired in Ivory, Gold, Silver and Nude with Lace and Pearls - SolBijou
Burlap Wedding Guest Bo...

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

© 2013 Judy Nolan. All rights reserved.


  5 Responses to “Bound by the word”

  1. Really cool books! Every one of your features is neat in its own way, and many of them I couldn’t even begin to imagine how to make! I’ve done a little bit of historical book binding before, and a made a few five stitch little notebooks. I love making books, it just doesn’t seem to fit into my schedule!

  2. This is such a fun treasury! Each book is so unique and how cool that all those items/techniques were included in at least one book!
    Thanks for featuring my recipe book :)

  3. What a great collection! You know how much I love writing. It’s amazing how many materials people use for their handmade books.

  4. I love books, too, and have made a few. I remember a really great one I received as a gift from someone named Judy ;-)
    This is a great collection using such a variety of materials!

  5. Very fun! I love the variety – such creative artisans!

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