Monday, 14 July 2008

Paper Shopping: From Chicago to Des Moines

Photo by Tim KiserAfter you've visited the bookbinding hot spots in Chicago, hop on Interstate 80 West and head on over to Iowa!

Of course there's the stop at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. They offer many workshops and sell book kits, manuals, books about bookbinding, handmade papers, and works of students and staff.

Also near Iowa City (in Coralville) is Iowa Book Works, which is comprised of two bookbinders that create book kits. They sell their kits online and through the Center of the Book at the University of Iowa. To see their kits visit

Once you hop back on I-80, you'll see an exit for Pella. Now Pella doesn't have a bookbinding/paper supply store that I'm aware of, but for those of you interested in letterpress, perhaps in conjunction with your bookbinding, would be interested to know that Pella Engraving makes many varieties of printing plates and have great turn around time.

Once you pull into Des Moines, make your first stop Pure Paper in the East Village. They have a great store and support the book arts throughout Iowa. They carry many types of paper, envelopes, and quite a variety of bookbinding supplies. Often they have local bookbinders' work for sale in the store as well. Soon they will be offering online shopping through their website.

Also in the East Village, there is East Village Books. Not really too much into making books, but a nice little bookstore none the less.

A local bookbinder also sells supplies through her website. Peggy Johnston of Waveland Studio sells papers and supplies at

For other supplies, there is The Art Store in West Des Moines. They offer a variety of art supplies and offer many items for bookbinding from the Lineco line. We also have the typical arts and crafts chain stores, Hobby Lobby and Michaels in town.
Come on over to Iowa!

submitted by Danielle, of Dameling


business card cutter said...

I never knew there was an East Village in Des Moines. I'll have to make sure to check that one out and also stop at the Center for the Book... That looks very interesting. Thanks for the virtual tour!

Danielle said...

Yeah the East Village is pretty cool :) Here's their webpage that I forgot to include: