Bookbinding is a long-standing tradition in Japan. One type, known as fukuro-toji, or stab bookbinding, was popularized during the Edo period (1603–1867). It is still in practice. Stab binding relies on stitch patterns. In Japan it is based on a four-hole stitch pattern to bind pages into protective covers. The most popular stitch pattern is known as Kangxi. It is simple, minimal, and elegant.
Bookbinding might seem like a stretch for a magazine about fibre and textiles, but sewing is at the heart of it! Plus, what crafter doesn’t love a notebook?
All images by Suzan Lee.