This last month I have started a new craft called Bookfolding. This is where you fold the pages in a book to form a word or a shape. It is a very easy thing to do. All you need is a book, pattern, large ruler in centimetres, pencil and a bone folder to crease your pages. I have found so far in my patterns that you require a book at least 20cms and 23cms in height, and an average of 400 pages upwards depending on the size of your pattern. In bookfolding , 1 fold = 1 leaf. So if you have a pattern where the number of folds required is 161, this means that you need a book with a minimum of 322 pages (1 fold is 2 pages). I have acquired my patterns from Debbie Moore Designs in the form of cd’s as then you can print of the patterns as you require them. Her method is the count and measure.
- Always start with the spine of the book towards you.
- Start from the left hand side and place a mark, following the pattern measurement for mark 1.
- Then continuing from the left hand side place a mark, following the pattern measurement for mark 2.
- Line up your ruler to the first mark, butting the ruler up to the spine, ensuring the mark is on the left side of the ruler.
- Fold over the left side of the page up to the ruler edge.
- Line up your ruler to the second mark, butting the ruler up to the spine, ensuring the mark is on the right side of the ruler. Then fold over the right side of the page up to the ruler edge.
- Continue marking the book, then fold over your pages.
Top tip: do a batch of marks at a time and then fold over so you can see the word starting to appear.
Here are some photos of books I have made using this method:
The next method is by Sarah Hallam from Peerless Designs. She works from the centre of the book out
The pattern is marked with green arrows to mark the top of the book and a pencil line is shown to mark the centre of the pattern. With her patterns you find the centre of the book, and you work to the right. Fold pattern about a third under and place under first page with green arrows aligned with the top of the page. Go to the centre line marked on your pattern and each line to the right is marked with a number 1, 2, 3 etc Mark the beginning and end of number one, place ruler to right of top of mark and fold page down to meet the edge of the ruler, then place ruler to right of bottom mark and fold page up from bottom to meet the edge of the ruler, crease with bone folder remove and turn to another page. Line up arrows with the top of the page underneath the page you will be working on. Look for number 2 and mark top and bottom of mark on pattern, place ruler as page one mark and fold page to meet the edge of the ruler. . Continue in this manner until you have marked all pages and folded. Each numbered line represents one page. When you have marked and folded all the pages needed on the right side you will see your pattern emerging.
Now turn your book upside down and place the green arrows to the edge of the bottom of your book (this now becomes the top of your book. You still work to the right as you did before marking and folding till you come to the end of your pattern. This sounds rather complicated but when you look at your pattern the numbers on the right side are the correct way up but on the left side they are upside down. This is so that when you are doing each side they are always the right way, working from the centre line out. The centre line being the centre of your book.
Here are some photos of the books I have made using this method
I hope you will give this lovely craft a try as it is very rewarding and would make lovely and unusual gifts for Christmas or any special occasion. Thank you for stopping by. Love Theo.