japanese stab binding tutorial: hearts

jsb_21This is a beginning bind, with an intermediate level of holes (40). If you don’t want the gaps between the hearts, then repeat the steps marked in orange until you have the desired number. When you have reached the end of your line of hearts, wrap the left edge, then work your way back to the beginning through the middle of the hearts repeating the steps in blue. Be aware though, you will have to adjust the hole pattern. If you get completely lost, leave a comment with your question and I will try to answer it.

**click on an image to enlarge**

hole pattern
jsb.hearts.holes

sewing pattern
jsb.hearts

EXIT = needle pointed DOWN and ENTER = needle pointed UP
=====

enter 1 (leave a tail but don’t knot it), wrap around right edge,
enter 1 again
exit 2
enter 3
exit 4
enter 5
exit 6
enter 7
exit 6
enter 5
exit 4
enter 3
exit 2
enter 1, wrap around spine at angle to below 9,
enter 1 again
exit 8
enter 9
exit 10
enter 7, wrap around spine, thread needle through loop from 1, point right,
enter 7 again
exit 11
enter 12
exit 13
enter 14
exit 15
enter 16
exit 17
enter 16
exit 15
enter 14
exit 13
enter 12
exit 11, wrap around spine at angle to below 19,
exit 11 again
enter 18
exit 19
enter 20
exit 17, wrap around spine, thread needle through loop from 11, point right,
exit 17
enter 21
exit 22
enter 23
exit 24
enter 25
exit 26
enter 27
exit 26
enter 25
exit 24
enter 23
exit 22
enter 21, wrap around spine at angle to below 29,
enter 21 again
exit 28
enter 29
exit 30
enter 27, wrap around spice, thread needle through loop from 21, point right,
enter 27 again
exit 31
enter 32
exit 33
enter 34
exit 35
enter 36
exit 37
enter 36
exit 35
enter 34
exit 33
enter 32
exit 31, wrap around spine at angle to below 39,
exit 31 again
enter 38
exit 39
enter 40
exit 37, wrap around spine, thread needle through loop from 31, point right,
exit 37 again
wrap around left edge, exit 37 again
enter 40
exit 39
enter 38
exit 31
enter 27
exit 30
enter 29
exit 28
enter 21
exit 17
enter 20
exit 19
enter 18
exit 11
enter 7
exit 10
enter 9
exit 8, tie off

Le Petit Theatre de Rébecca

I was recently given this amazing French book by Rébecca Dautremer, and I just had to post some pictures of it. It has nearly 100 laser cut pages, and I cannot believe how intricate and how tiny some of the laser details are. The effect is much like the current experiments in ‘book excavation’ or the work of Brian Dettmer. I have to say, it’s inspiring me to think about what kind of effects I could achieve on the laser cutter that I have access to. I’ll have to check out what it does to paper!

le petit theatre de rebecca-1

le petit theatre de rebecca-2

le petit theatre de rebecca-3

le petit theatre de rebecca-4

le petit theatre de rebecca-5

a fontified version of The Princess Bride

I’ve been playing with lasers again! These designs were created as prizes for my office. We’re a bunch of nerdy geeks who create fonts for publishing minority languages. Last year we started taking bits from the ‘team movie’ of The Princess Bride and twisting them to our own silliness. There were actually a few more converted quotes, but these were the ones I chose to design. I etched them on wood as well as several different types of acrylic, but I feel that these turned out the best. Pardon the bits of dust clinging to them! I rubbed silver paint into the etching, exactly like I did for the Obscure Word book.

F.O.U.S.s…Fonts Of Unusual Size!FOUS(R.O.U.S.s…Rodents Of Unusual Size)

The Glyphs of Insanityglyphs of insanity(The Cliffs of Insanity)

Twoo Typetwoo typeTwoo Wuv

japanese stab binding tutorial: dancing snowflakes

jsb-35This bind has 84 holes, which makes it more complicated than it might be otherwise. Also, holes 24, 44, 64, and 84 need to be much larger than the others because there are 15 threads entering and exiting.

The tutorial was a bit complicated to write (though I don’t think it is as difficult to sew)…so if you find an error, please leave me a comment and I’ll correct it. I also broke up the written instructions so you can see where one snowflake ends and the next begins.

**click to enlarge**

hole pattern
jsb.dancingsnowflake.holes
sewing pattern
jsb.dancingsnowflake

EXIT = needle pointed DOWN and ENTER = needle pointed UP
=====
enter 1, leave a tail but don’t knot it, wrap around right edge, enter 1 again
exit 5,
enter 6, wrap around right edge, enter 6 again
exit 7
enter 8
exit 9
enter 5
exit 9
enter 8
exit 7
enter 6
exit 5
enter 24
exit 6
enter 24
exit 7
enter 24
exit 8
enter 24
exit 9
enter 24
exit 10
enter 11
exit 12
enter 24
exit 12
enter 11
exit 10
enter 24
exit 13
enter 14
exit 15
enter 24
exit 15
enter 14
exit 13
enter 24
exit 16, wrap around spine at angle to below 24, exit 16 again
enter 24
exit 17, thread needle through loop from 16, point right, exit 17 again
enter 24
exit 18
enter 17
exit 20
enter 24
exit 20
enter 17
exit 18
enter 24
exit 21
enter 22
exit 23
enter 24
exit 23
enter 22
exit 21
enter 24
exit 5
enter 1

exit 2
enter 25
exit 44
enter 38
exit 2
enter 38
exit 44
enter 26
exit 27
enter 28
exit 44
enter 28
exit 27
enter 26
exit 44
enter 29
exit 30
enter 31
exit 44
enter 31
exit 30
enter 29
exit 44
enter 32
exit 33
enter 34
exit 44
enter 34
exit 33
enter 32
exit 44
enter 35
exit 36
enter 37
exit 44
enter 37
exit 36
enter 35
exit 44
enter 39
exit 40
enter 41, wrap around spine, enter 41 again
exit 42
enter 43
exit 39
enter 43
exit 42
enter 41
exit 40
enter 39
exit 44
enter 40
exit 44
enter 41
exit 44
enter 42
exit 44
enter 43
exit 44
(opposite side, weave needle under thread coming from 39 and 43) enter 25
exit 2

enter 3
exit 45
enter 46
exit 47
enter 48
exit 49
enter 45
exit 49
enter 48
exit 47
enter 46
exit 45
enter 64
exit 46
enter 64
exit 47
enter 64
exit 48
enter 64
exit 49
enter 64
exit 50
enter 51
exit 52
enter 64
exit 52
enter 51
exit 50
enter 64
exit 53
enter 54
exit 55
enter 64
exit 55
enter 54
exit 53
enter 64
exit 56, wrap around spine at angle to below 64, exit 56 again
enter 64
exit 57, thread needle through loop from 56, point right, exit 57 again
enter 64
exit 58
enter 59
exit 60
enter 64
exit 60
enter 59
exit 58
enter 64
exti 61
enter 62
exit 63
enter 64
exit 63
enter 62
exit 61
enter 64
exit 45
enter 3

exit 4
enter 65
exit 84
enter 78
exit 4
enter 78
exit 84
enter 66
exit 67
enter 68
exit 84
enter 68
exit 67
enter 66
exit 84
enter 69
exit 70
enter 71
exit 84
enter 71
exit 70
enter 69
exit 84
enter 72
exit 73
enter 74
exit 84
enter 74
exit 73
enter 72
exit 84
enter 75
exit 76
enter 77
exit 84
enter 77
exit 76
enter 75
exit 84
enter 79
exit 80
enter 81, wrap around spine, enter 81 again
exit 82, wrap around left edge, exit 82 again
enter 83
exit 79
enter 83
exit 82
enter 81
exit 80
enter 79
exit 84
enter 80
exit 84
enter 81
exit 84
enter 82
exit 84
enter 83
exit 84
(opposite side, weave needle under thread coming from 79 and 83) enter 65
exit 4, wrap around left edge, exit 4 again
enter 3,
exit 2, tie off