japanese stab binding tutorial: plugs

This is a beginning bind with a lot holes. A drill press/hand drill would be a good idea–an awl would be a huge pain (literally and figuratively)!

**click on an image to enlarge**

hole pattern

sewing pattern

EXIT = needle pointed DOWN and ENTER = needle pointed UP
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enter 1, leave a tail but don’t knot it. wrap around right edge, enter 1 again
exit 2
enter 3
exit 10
enter 3
exit 2
enter 1
exit 4
enter 5, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 2 & 3 (both sides)
enter 5 again
exit 6, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 2 & 3 (both sides)
exit 6 again
enter 9
exit 6
enter 5
exit 4
enter 7
exit 8
enter 7
exit 9
enter 10
exit 11
enter 12
exit 13
enter 20
exit 13
enter 12
exit 11
enter 14
exit 15, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 12 & 13 (both sides)
exit 15 again
enter 16, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 12 & 13 (both sides)
enter 16 again
exit 19
enter 16
exit 15
enter 14
exit 17
enter 18
exit 17
enter 19
exit 20
enter 21
exit 22
enter 23
exit 30
enter 23
exit 30
enter 23
exit 22
enter 21
exit 24
enter 25, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 22 & 23 (both sides)
enter 25 again
exit 26, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 22 & 23 (both sides)
exit 26 again
enter 29
exit 26
enter 25
exit 24
enter 27
exit 28
enter 27
exit 29
enter 30
exit 31
enter 32
exit 33
enter 40
exit 33
enter 32
exit 31
enter 34
exit 35, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 32 & 33 (both sides)
exit 35 again
enter 36, wrap around spine, pass needle under thread between 32 & 33 (both sides)
enter 36 again
exit 39
enter 36
exit 35
enter 34
exit 37
enter 38
exit 37
enter 39
exit 40, wrap around left edge, exit 40 again
enter 39
exit 37
enter 34
exit 31
enter 30
exit 29
enter 27
exit 24
enter 21
exit 20
enter 19
exit 17
enter 14
exit 11
enter 10
exit 9
enter 7
exit 4
tie off

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3 thoughts on “japanese stab binding tutorial: plugs

  1. Pingback: Book Binding and Restoration Class « Jacob Degeling

  2. I have done a lot of needlepoint, sewing, & other crafts. Out of necessity I am going to attempt one of your beautiful designs. Although “Bullet” was not my first choice, I have only a 1/2″ border on the left side of the book. My question is, did you do your sample based on a 1″ border or a 1/2″ border? Using my 1/2″ border, I end up with nearly 20+ segments for my 11″ book. Is this normal. Thank you very much for your assistance!

    • I’m not sure I know what you mean by ‘bullet’. Do you mean the plugs tutorial? A good rule of thumb for this style of binding is to keep your holes at least .25″ or 6mm apart, so as you sew two holes don’t tear and become one giant hole! The plugs design is meant for a spine of at least 1″ (2.5cm) deep, and 6″ (15.25cm) in length. If you reduced it in size to get it to fit .5″, then I’m not surprised that you got so many segments! I would suggest using the bridges binding pattern or the marionette binding pattern, because each of those use only one line of holes and can be adjusted to a spine depth of .5″. Hope that helps!

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