Thursday, 30 April 2009

An Etsy Guide to Bookbinding Supplies

So you were wondering if it would be possible to buy all your bookbinding supplies on Etsy? Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. So what can we find on Etsy to make a fabulous handmade journal?



PAGES

We need some paper for the pages. Perhaps a prepared text block from:
AfainBooks
Or handmade paper to make our own, from:
PulpArt
Againstthegrain13
Or eco-friendly and lokta papers from:
QualityCraftSupplies


COVER

For the cover we have several options. We could use leather, book cloth, or decorative paper. If you like leather, have a look at these shops:
KarleighJae
SantosLeather
SuedeItaly

Custom bookcloth is available from:
Yardwork

There is a good selection of decorative papers for the covers or endpapers. You could get some hand-marbled paper from these shops:
Dkoepp
Bielik
MyMarbledPapers

Japanese Chiyogami is available from:
WashiPaper
FromJapanwtihLove
PebblestonePapery

Or you might like to use some handmade paste paper from:
Dkoepp
MyMarbledPapers
WrenHavenTools

Or handmade Batik paper:
Dkoepp

Maybe Japanese Suminagashi paper:
MyMarbledPapers

Or some gorgeous Italian or Tibetan decorative papers from:
PiacereMioPaperie

SEWING

You can buy linen thread from:
WashiPaper
Pantone334

ACCESSORIES

You might like to get some false headbands for your journal from:
Contexto
Pantone334

Or some hardware such as:
- metal corners from Contexto
- screw posts from Janiesmash
- clasps from BlueFlameLeather

TOOLS

If you need a new bone folder, visit:
PiacereMioPaperie
AnnieHowes
RandyArnold (handmade Ebony folding tools)

Perhaps a hole punch drill from:
TheIndigoRaven

And pick up some PVA at:
AnnieHowes
PiacereMioPaperie

Get brass triangles, weights, or micro scissors from:
WrenHavenTools

Or tools for gold tooling, from:
KarleighJae

EQUIPMENT

You might want to consider getting a sewing cradle from:
ComfortableShoes

Or a handy book press from one of these shops:
UberArt
BrazenDevice



That is quite a thorough supply list for most bookbinders. The list is lacking a few things... I couldn't find any decent bookbinding needles or any good sources for binder's board, for example. Be sure to let us know if you have seen those things or any other essential bookbinding supplies on Etsy that should be in our list!

9 comments:

Monica Holtsclaw said...

Great list! Thank you. I just added a few to my favorites!

Shelter Bookworks said...

nice post!

Elissa said...

Such a great list! I often forget that you can get supplies on Etsy, but never would have thought that there was such a wide range of bookbinding supplies. Thanks so much for writing this!

Kristin said...

Awesome! I did my share of hearting.

geraldine said...

great list! thanks so much. i'm adding this post to my delicious.

meredeth said...

mm, that list is delicious. why did it have to come to me on a day that i have money? so wrong! (^_^)

Susan Green said...

Wow! I had no idea there was so much available from our fellow Etsy sellers. Thanks for collating all this info - looking forward to checking out Etsy sellers who have Japanese paper (my latest favourite material).

Rhonda said...

When I stated putting this together, I didn't really expect to find as much as I did. Some of these shops were a surprise for me too! So I'm glad you all like this and hopefully it will be useful. I will try to keep it updated if I find more related shops.

c.n. lovering said...

This is great! I have not done any bookbinding a quite some time and I miss it. This is a great resource.