It is bound with a variation of japanese stab binding in a woven pattern. The binding thread is Crawford's waxed irish linen thread in black, which coordinates with the word "Dream." in the front cover. It has 40 pages of a luxurious creamy 240 gsm recycled unlined paper, soft in touch and suitable for all dry media : ink, charcoal, pencil and pen.

Its size is 25 x 17.5cm ( 10 x 7 inches).

This book can be used for journals of all kinds, poetry, calligraphy, sketching, or as a beautiful gift. It would also make a great guestbook for any occasion.

 

Japanese bookbinding is an ancient tradition and although it comes in many forms, the stab bindings are the best known. This binding was originated from China and soon spread to Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Also called stitched binding, it was used before the more modern codex form that we use today.

I love burlap. I love its texture , its color, its frayed look, its roughness. Burlap is a challenging and versatile material that has character on its own. I have seen it used in several ways, but I would never trust it to dress one of my journals, as I want my books to be strong and long lasting and burlap tends to fray when used.

So I came up with the following idea. What if I make sturdy bookcovers with museum board and linen bookcloth and use burlap only for the final layer of the cover? The idea worked well, so this is how this journal was born.