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Experimental Binding


Assembling and securing written/printed pages within a cover.

We will investigate 3x types of experimental book binding.

  1. Accordion Binding
  2. Stab Binding
  3. Saddle-stitch Binding

Accordion Binding


Stab Binding

What is Stab Binding?

  1. Using an awl/sharp object, stab holes along the edge of the book in a straight line, and then sew thread through the holes to bind and decorate the book.
  2. There are many types, one of which is the ever-popular contemporary Japanese Stab Binding technique (Yotsume Toji). It was practiced during the Edo period in Japan.
  3. Low cost, does not involve many tools, expensive materials or machinery.



Saddle-Stitch Binding

What is Saddle-Stitch Binding?

Saddle Stitching refers to a very popular book binding method in which folded sheets are gathered together one inside the other and then stapled through the fold line with wire staples.  The staples pass through the folded crease from the outside and are clinched between the centermost pages.  Two staples are commonly used but larger books may require more staples along the spine.


  • It is the least expensive out of all binding options
  • Fast
  • Widely available
  • Can be made with heavier weight cover or self cover books
  • (Self Cover means the cover is the same weight of paper as the interior pages)
  • Wide range of sizes


Using thread
Using staples