DIY French Link Binding (by Pastiche Knitwear)

A simple and very useful binding that can be left exposed or covered up as a hardback. It’s essentially a basic pamphlet stitch binding, only the signatures are linked/criss-crossed together for extra strength. (Note: unlike this tutorial which links together all of the signatures, I personally only link every set of 2 signatures together, in order to avoid any bunching/pulling on the spine- but to each their own!)


Lace Book of Marie de’ Medici, Lace margins, Walters Manuscript W.494, Folio 10r by Walters Art Museum
Via Flickr:
This Prayerbook was made for Marie de’ Medici in the second quarter of the seventeenth century. Beyond its provenance as a personal book owned by the famous queen, it is exceptional for its intricately cut borders, which transform the parchment margins into lace. This effect was created using a technique known as “canivet,” in which a small knife was used to cut ornate patterns into paper or parchment. An art form that flourished originally among nuns in France, Germany, and the Netherlands beginning in the sixteenth century, it was employed to exceptional effect in several manuscripts connected with Marie de’ Medici. The Walters manuscript, made for her while she was regent of France, and wife of King Henry IV, contains twenty-eight miniatures, including original religious imagery as well as several later additions: a gouache portrait of the elderly queen, and nine small miniatures produced in Bruges ca. 1450 by an artist influenced by the Eyckian and Gold Scrolls styles prevalent at the time; the coat-of-arms of Marie de Medici, as well as her monogram. The Walters manuscript retains its original binding composed of mosaic inlays in green and black leather, as well as fine gilt pointillé foliate tooling, and a replica of the binding was created by Léon Gruel for Henry Walters on one of his seventeenth-century printed books (92.467) that also connects to Marie de’ Medici. All manuscript images and descriptions were created and are provided through Preservation and Access grants awarded to the Walters Art Museum by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2008-2014. Access a complete set of high-resolution archival images of this manuscript for free on the Digital Walters at

Because my mother said so

Every time I make a quilt, I am tempted to just do straight grain binding.

But then I can hear my mother in my head telling me that quilts are meant to be used until they are in tatters and the binding gets the hardest wear, and so bias cut, double fold french binding is the way to go.

So, here I am making stupid continuous bias binding, which is super annoying to make, but it is the only way to go if I don’t want my mother’s ghost to haunt my craft supplies. 

For those who are curious about the techniques I am talking about:

This beauty was completed just in time for my niece’s birthday!  My niece and I worked together to design this custom book, and when it was finished we lovingly named it the “Everything Birthday Book”.  It is a source of inspiration in itself, with its hand torn & multiple colored pages, decorative ribbon, pink french-binding, and bow closures.  It is as one of kind as my darling niece Jenaffer.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

<3 Aunt Tabatha

Gastenboek Gouverneur Sint Maarten

Met de hand gebonden Boekenkunst gastenboek met lederen Franse band. Robuuste band in twee kleuren leer en versierd met goud stempel- en filetwerk.

Guestbook for the Governor of Sint Maarten bound by Anne-Mieke Boonstra. French binding in full leather. Robust cover in two colors of leather and decorated with gold tooling.

anonymous asked:

Hi there, How to do French case in binding, please? Thanks in advance, Sam. ;)

Hello! Another old ask I wasn’t aware of. Henry Hébert has written some good posts on case bindings here and here. These might be of use to anyone who is interested in case bindings and their variations. I don’t have a link to any full tutorial, unfortunately.