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I travel to New Zealand, learn how to make a book using long stitch binding and return to Australia for the Hoodworks book launch.

Long stitch binding

longstitch binding with chain stitch

When I was in Auckland, I was lucky to spend a day in the Titirangi studio of book artists and paper engineer, Elizabeth Steiner. While I was there, Elizabeth taught me how to prepare and sew a long stitch binding – something I had tried to learn from books but never mastered. I now see why. It is a complicated and precise binding which, because the stitching is exposed, needs to be neat. We cut up a large paper shopping bag to make the cover and inserted eight signatures. Thanks to Elizabeth’s generosity and patience, I now have a beautiful example of this style of book and, when I have time, I will be able to make more.

Hoodworks Book Launch

hoodworks on display

Copies of Hoodworks on display at the book launch in Nowra NSW last Tuesday. Photo: Jan Martin.

 
Last Tuesday in Nowra NSW, The Writing Hoods launched our third book of selected works titled Hoodworks. The book contains work by eleven south coast writers who have been meeting for the past two years under the guidance of poet and publisher, Chris Mansell. The book is a beautiful production, designed by group member Colleen Duncan from Holly Hill Graphics. The cover features photographs by another group member, Lea Hawkins. Other contributors are Hilary Brickhill, Terry Crockford, Maureen Curry, Colleen Duncan, Dale Harcombe, Jill Martindale Farrar, Vicki Passlow, Dorothy Swoope, Irene Wilkie and myself. Thanks to Chris Mansell for her expert guidance and inspiration.

The book has been published as a print on demand publication and is printed by Ulladulla Printing Service.

The Writing Hoods - photo Jan Martin

The Writing Hoods with Chris Mansell at the launch of our third book, Hoodworks last week. Photo Jan Martin.

 
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2 comments on “I travel to New Zealand, learn how to make a book using long stitch binding and return to Australia for the Hoodworks book launch.

  1. greengaze
    November 25, 2012

    It is the most beautiful book. I noticed it at the launch. The hoodworks book is fantastic as well.

  2. Chris Mansell
    November 26, 2012

    And published by Well Sprung Productions!

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