Japanese stab binding tutorial: lotus blossom

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The lotus blossom or lily-pad flower, whichever. 36 total holes, about an intermediate bind. Make sure that your holes along the top line are even! As always, if there is an error or if you have a question, leave a comment and I will do my best to answer.

**click on an image to enlarge**

hole pattern
jsb-lotus.holes

sewing pattern

jsb-lotus

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 3
enter 4, wrap around right edge, enter 4 again
exit 5
enter 6, wrap around right edge, enter 6 again
exit 7, wrap around right edge, exit 7 again
wrap around spine at angle to below 5, exit 7 again
enter 6
exit 5
enter 8
exit 5
enter 4
exit 3
enter 8
exit 3
enter 1
exit 2
enter 9
exit 10
enter 11
exit 12
enter 11
exit 10
enter 13
exit 14
enter 2
exit 14
enter 8
exit 14
enter 15, wrap around spine through loop from 7, point right, enter 15 again
wrap around spine, enter 16
wrap around spine through loop from 15, point left, enter 15
exit 14
enter 16, wrap around spine, enter 17
wrap around spine through loop from 16, point left, enter 16
exit 14
enter 17, wrap around spine, enter 25
wrap around spine through loop from 17, point left, enter 17
exit 14
enter 13
exit 12
enter 19
exit 14
enter 19
exit 17
enter 18
exit 25
enter 18
exit 17
enter 19
exit 18
enter 19
exit 25
enter 19
exit 24
enter 19
exit 20
enter 23
exit 24
enter 25, wrap around spine, enter 26
wrap around spine through loop from 25, point left, enter 25
exit 24
enter 26, wrap around spine, enter 30
wrap around spine through loop from 26, point left, enter 26 again
exit 24
enter 30, wrap around spine at angle to below 34, enter 30 again
exit 24
enter 29
exit 32
enter 29
exit 34
enter 29
exit 24
enter 28
exit 24
enter 23
exit 22
enter 21
exit 20
enter 21
exit 22
enter 27
exit 28
enter 31
exit 32
enter 33
exit 34
enter 35
exit 36, wrap around spine through loop from 30, point right, exit 36 again
wrap around left edge, exit 36 again
enter 35, wrap around left edge, enter 35 again
exit 34
enter 33, wrap around left edge, enter 33 again
exit 32
enter 31, wrap around left edge, enter 31 again
exit 28
enter 27
exit 22
enter 23
exit 20
enter 19
exit 12
enter 13
exit 10
enter 9
exit 2, tie off

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8 thoughts on “Japanese stab binding tutorial: lotus blossom

  1. Hi Becca,

    Just finished a booklet with the maple leaves for my sister. She really loved it! I will send you a picture of it soon. Did not make a book for more than 1 year. But now I’m inspired again and I would like to try the lotus blossom. The only thing I don’t like about this design are the edge wraps. I think it would probably be much more beautiful without. Do you think they are necessary for any reason or can I leave them out?
    I love to hear from you.

    Warm regards
    Ineke

    PS: I’m also very interested in the hot air balloons. You said once in a comment that you only had the instructions for that design. Are that the sawing instructions? If so, would you be so kind to share them?

    • Hey Ineke!
      The side wraps help the structure of the book and is part of the style, but since the lotus bind has so many other holes, I think it would be fine to ignore them.
      For the hot air balloons… I do have written instructions (unchecked for errors), but no picture to go with them. Just my original rough planning sketch. If you want to give it a go anyway, send me an email and I’ll give them to you.

  2. Thank you for this! I made a booklet using this pattern, last night, and it turned out really well. I printed out a screenshot of the hole pattern and used that as a template for making the holes. I also printed out the instruction so I could mark each step with a pencil as I had done it… I would probably have missed steps otherwise.

    There is a minor error in the description: “enter 35, wrap around left edge, exit 35 again” should be “enter 35 again” – that felt rather obvious when I was at that point because you can see what you need to do, but it made me briefly confused. :-)

  3. How far apart would all the holes be from each other and the edges?
    Also would I be able to bind a book with a wooden cover with this pattern?

    P.S. really like the design I am trying to make a sketch book for my friends birthday

    • Hi Jacob,
      A good rule of thumb is to keep all holes a minimum of .25″/6mm from each other and the edge. What are the dimensions of the sketchbook? You could try printing out the hole pattern and enlarging it if necessary, to know where to place the holes. A wooden cover would be awesome! I’m guessing you have some kind of drill to make the holes? The one thing you have to consider is the top cover… it will have to have a gap between binding and the rest of the board in order to open. Kind of like this one by Ruth Bleakley or kind of like this one. You could choose to glue the two pieces to a durable piece of paper, or you could glue bookcloth over the edge piece and the gap to connect the two wooden pieces. Does that make sense?

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