Japanese stab bind #47: lunaria

I took a poll to name this design, and ‘lunaria‘ was decided on, because it (sort of) looks like the seed pods from that particular plant.
This bind is probably an advanced intermediate, not because the sewing itself is difficult but because it requires drilling 80 holes!

JSB-lunaria-1JSB-lunaria-2

I was proud that as I tested this pattern, I was also able to practice my French numbers, ha!
(I recited each step aloud as my husband typed it up for a future tutorial…)

Japanese stab binding #45 & 46:memories and souvenirs

JSB memories: 57 holes, JSB souvenirs: 51 holes, both straightforward.

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Hello all! It’s been quite a while since my last bookbinding post, but a lot has happened in the past year. I both completed a masters degree and got married, moved between two continents and three countries, and am still in the process of relocating across the ocean once again.

A couple of days ago I finally sat down to create samples of designs I drew ages ago. I’ve played around with words before in sketches, though I can’t recall if I ever actually sewed any. I’m contemplating creating a free mini-font of these letters, so those of you who want to sew different words can create your own templates using properly spaced/consistently shaped letters. I’m giving some thought to those of you who would need accented characters, and what those letters might look like.

Also, my husband is French…so there will likely be more French-themed or related works on this blog in the future!

A process shot of JSB memories: halfway sewn
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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

japanese stab binding #44: fair isle

I named this one ‘fair isle’ because I’m very into knitting these days, and have tried a few stranded color-work projects. I think the Fair Isle knitting technique is more than I want to attempt just yet. But this was super easy! Anyway, 56 holes and mid-advanced beginner.

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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 19
exit 20
enter 24
exit 20
enter 19
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

japanese stab binding tutorial: sushi

jsb-37Second place in the tutorial poll. A very simple bind, no twists or complicated V shapes. 58 total holes. If you’d rather have cinnamon rolls instead of sushi, ignore the steps marked with an asterisk “*”.

**click any image to enlarge**

hole pattern
jsb.sushi.holes

sewing pattern
jsb.sushi

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, wrap around spine, exit 2 again
enter 3
exit 4
enter 5
exit 6
enter 5
exit 4
enter 3
exit 2
enter 1
exit 7
enter 8
exit 9
enter 10
exit 11
enter 12
exit 13
enter 14
exit 15
enter 16
exit 17
enter 18
exit 19
enter 20
*exit 16
*enter 20
exit 19
enter 18
exit 17
enter 16
exit 15
enter 14
exit 13
enter 12
exit 11
enter 10
exit 9
enter 8
exit 7
enter 6
exit 21
enter 5, wrap around spine, enter 5 again
exit 22
enter 23
exit 24
enter 25
exit 24
enter 23
exit 22
enter 5
exit 21
enter 26
exit 27
enter 28
exit 29
enter 30
exit 31
enter 32
exit 33
enter 34
exit 35
enter 36
exit 37
enter 38
exit 39
*enter 35
*exit 39
enter 38
exit 37
enter 36
exit 35
enter 34
exit 33
enter 32
exit 31
enter 30
exit 29
enter 28
exit 27
enter 26
exit 25
enter 40
exit 24, wrap around spine, exit 24 again
enter 41
exit 42
enter 43, wrap around spine, enter 43 again
exit 44, wrap around left edge, exit 44 again
enter 43
exit 42
enter 41
exit 24
enter 40
exit 45
enter 46
exit 47
enter 48
exit 49
enter 50
exit 51
enter 52
exit 53
enter 54
exit 55
enter 56
exit 57
enter 58
*exit 54
*enter 58
exit 57
enter 56
exit 55
enter 54
exit 53
enter 52
exit 51
enter 50
exit 49
enter 48
exit 47
enter 46
exit 45
enter 44
exit 45
enter 40
exit 25
enter 26
exit 21
enter 6
exit 7, tie off

japanese stab binding #38: snail

Another spiral. I am actually not too fond of snails, as I think they’re gross and slimy (and I encountered way too many when I lived in England)…but how could I not try for the stab pattern? You could modify this and make the snail’s body longer, but I thought it looked odd, so I shortened the spine width down by an inch.

I’d rate this bind as very easy. There are segments that could be easily missed while sewing the bottom edge, but it’s very simple to add in the missing stitches later.
39 holes. 5″(12.7cm) wide, .25″(.64cm) thick. I forgot to write down how many times I wrapped the spine for the thread length (sorry!), but I think that it was around 8 times.

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