The Repository Project


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Favorite Quotes
“Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always good company if you have the right sort.”
— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Handmade Books, Book Binding and Repair

By Annie St. Francis
We find meaning in books, and the stories told within their pages. Creating the book structures that will cradle those pages, and the heartfelt inclusions we place within them makes our books even more personally meaningful. Cover and bind a personal journal, preserve a collection of favorite photos, record historical events or the stories of your family tree, write beautiful poetry, narrative prose, or tell fantastic tales of travel.

The book made by your hands is the perfect repository (fun pun intended) for any of these ideas, and there are many more. Choose the materials, color palette and design for your cover. Add ephemera. Wrap each signature collection of pages with a special paper that adds color and texture to the binding design. Add in pocket pages, or pages with fold-outs. Decide on a binding stitch and style. Will your book be enclosed with a bow or a latch?

Enjoy the books included in the selections below, engage the imagination and the possibilities, and have fun learning to create your very own handmade books!

You might check out our entire page of Traditional Arts, including Book Arts, Fiber Arts, Soapmaking and Leathercraft!

A Thoughtful Quote to Share…

“In a world where news of inhumanity bombards our sensibilities, where grasping for things goes so far beyond our needs, where time is squandered in busyness, it is a pleasure and a privilege to pause for a look at handiwork, to see beauty amidst utility, and to know that craft traditions begun so long ago serve us today.” ― John Wilson