A Cloth Book

You can make a substantial cloth book without sewing or gluing by using the Slot & Tab binding.


Cut twenty equal rectangles out of cloth. Place the cloth in a horizontal format. Apply a vertical line of gesso down the center of each.

Detailed instructions for making the structure out of paper are shown on the following pages:
Making Handmade Books, 55-56
Unique Handmade Books, as Pocket Triangle and Diamond Book, 48-51
Creating Handmade Books, 37-39







This is how the book appeared before it became Handle with Gloves: Twelve Readings in the post, "Eva Hesse: Visual & Visceral."

The original Slot & Tab binding was designed by Michael Budiansky.

Comments

Lotus said…
Awesome!
I'm gonna give this a try!
Lotus
Judith Hoffman said…
this is great - I sent a link to my book arts group. The finished book is beautiful, too. I'm really enjoying your blog. Thanks!
Kieu said…
This is a great design! Definitely will experiment with this. Thanks for sharing!
Velma said…
alisa, this may have solved a big problem for me...thank you michael, too.
iNd!@nA said…
followed the breadcrumbs that Velma sprinkled in the forest to find you here...this is intriguing indeed.
Alisa said…
Thanks to all!
And welcome iNd!@nA
Unknown said…
OVER THE YEAR'S I'VE KEPT EVERY LITTLE NOTION. FROM BUTTONS TO GARMENT TAG'S TO ZIPPER'S. NOW I KNOW HOW TO UTILIZE IT. I KNEW THAT SOME DAY THERE WOULD A USE FOR ALL OF IT. I'M SO GLAD I FOUND THIS ON LINE.
Daisy Debs said…
This looks great and I want to try it, but not sure I,m understanding ...."put gesso down the middle "....do you do this while the gesso is wet ?
Alisa said…
Hi Daisy,
The gesso is there for stability, and to help keep the cloth from raveling, so probably best to let it dry first. Gesso dries pretty fast. You could hem it, if you prefer. Thanks for writing!
-Alisa