Yesterday morning I was just going to find a good way to use this patent leather for books. I thought that this would go best with small notebooks (these two are somewhere between A8 and A7). But when I started to prepare the covers I thought it might be fun to sew the book block on “tapes” that are strips of the covering material, and then I would weave the remaining material into it. That would also make its surface a little more interesting. I had been thinking for a while of combining the technique of sewing on tapes with a limp leather binding, so that, although I had and have a different method for this in mind, seemed like a natural thing to try.
And on the two-colored cover I tried a different type of sewing, too: Since the book’s cover was checkered, I thought it would be fun to have two colors of sewing thread on the strips.
While sewing I realized that this might be close to something I had quickly seen, but not really read before. I had to conduct a google search to find it. Take a look at the crossed structure binding by Carmencho Arregui (you will find instructions on her website linked under her name).
While looking for other examples, I realized that I had even starred some of the photos on Flickr already, proof of my previous interest in the structure. So that I cannot claim to have found this independently. But it felt like it, and I am a bit disappointed to find out that someone holds workshops for this. It felt so natural to do.
Carmencho herself does really interesting things with this structure, though, truely amazing! Not such ordinary and boring things like two-colored limp bindings. So that I can see why people would want to learn what she is doing there.
A quick glance at her instructions seem to show that this is indeed her crossed structure binding. Though at least the two-colored binding is different from hers. Or only combining two methods. I think it will look better when I have more signatures. I’ll have to experiment a little more.