Printed tutorial: Knitted Boards binding – Bookbinding out of the box

Printed tutorial: Knitted Boards binding


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Learn how to make the Knitted Boards Binding: a bookbinding project in which bookbinding meets knitting.

Most hard cover techniques rely on one fundamental operation: covering. 

What if for once we skipped this operation altogether and used instead a material whose 'naked' appearance is what is appreciated and put forward?

This is the idea that Marja Wilgenkamp, a bookbinder with a background in textiles, and a passion for experimentation, had. In her knitted boards binding, one does not feel the need to add decoration or anything else to the delicate interlacing pattern which results from the knitting process. The material itself is enough, the final object is convincing, both aesthetically and technically and radiates extraordinary beauty and originality.

We have the great pleasure of joining forces with Marja to pass on to you the secrets of this amazing technique.

After an introduction, an overview and a list of materials and equipment, the tutorial describes every step of the construction, with many large full-colour images. The exceptionally detailed 54 page tutorial is inkjet printed in two languages (French and English) and hand bound by us in Haarlem.

  • Level: medium-advanced (not suitable for complete beginners)

  • No knitting experience needed

  • This project requires the use of a nipping press (alternatively, a pair of planks and four heavy-duty G clamps can be used). 

  • A material pack is available for this project at a discounted rate. Select Knitted Boards Binding tutorial + materials from the dropdown menu.

  • Useful tools and materials for this project available from us: square, big ruler, needle holder, flat brush 11mm40mm brush, paper cord, knitting needles, Powertex, TST paper

Below the video of the launch of the Knitted Boards Binding on 21.11.2021.
Benjamin talks with Marja about her Knitted Boards Binding. 

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