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2010
Woven Accordion Book
Woven Accordion Book (two-sided)

Bonnie Thompson Norman works full time for a commercial bindery, but evenings and weekends devises new bindings and teaches letterpress printing and book arts classes in her studio in Seattle, Washington. In 2002, Bonnie sent me a new book structure she designed. It is a Jacob’s ladder made out of paper: a woven accordion. I sometimes refer to it as “Bonnie’s Ladder.” Sometime later, I realized that Ed Hutchins had sent me a version of this structure, but with many more slits, in 1999. To make it function, you have to separate the pages because they do not naturally drop open like the child’s toy. Making one is easier than making the traditional toy; all you do is cut slits and weave cards. No adhesive, ribbon, or thread is necessary. An advantage to this structure is that you can arrange the cards until you get a pattern that you like. If you don’t like one card, cut another from the extra scraps and reweave it. This structure changes the painted paper into a dynamic sculpture or interesting card. You will need to paint both sides of one large piece of heavyweight paper.

Example Size
23⁄4" x 5" (7 cm

From the book Painted Paper by Alisha Golden. Read our review here.

Extract from

Painted Paper: Techniques & Projects for Handmade Books & Cards by Alisa Golden

Published by Lark Crafts

Crafters will love creating decorated paper, as beautiful as any found in art shops, with this stunning book. It contains a treasury of ideas that includes a selection of 9 projects. These techniques will work on any paper surface, from artist books and journals to greeting cards, collages and more. Create decorated paper as beautiful as any found in an art store and with more distinctive and personal patterns, too. Alisa Golden's methods of applying inks and paints to paper can dramatically alter the appearance of finished works. From artist books and journals to greeting cards, collages and more, these techniques work on any paper surface and give numerous new skills to the crafter. Create dramatic effects using gesso, acrylic inks, watercolour paints, stamps, stencils and more. From basic patterning to paste paper frottage, plus a selection of nine projects, this book is a treasury of ideas.

© 2018 Alisa Golden / Lark Crafts · Reproduced with permission.


Instructions

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using the pencil, ruler, knife, and cutting mat, divide and then cut the paper into two 22" x 5" (55.9 cm x 12.7 cm) strips (these are now grained short); reserve the remaining paper for other projects.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 2
    Step 2

    Select one strip to make the accordion and choose one side to be the front. Place the strip, front-side down, horizontally on your work surface. Fold the strip in half, aligning the edges.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 3
    Step 3

    Unfold the strip. Fold each edge in, aligning it with the center fold. In origami, this is called a cupboard because of its shape.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now fold each top section back, aligning the edges with the existing folds—like opening the shutters on a window. Turn the folded paper over.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now it looks like a table. Fold the paper again, aligning the folded ends with the center fold.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 6
    Step 6

    Unfold the paper. You should now have a fan fold with alternating valleys and mountains.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 7
    Step 7

    Unfold the accordion strip completely and flatten it, arranging it so there is a valley fold at each end; you should see three complete mountains. Measure and mark 2" (5 cm) from the top edge and 2" (5 cm) from the bottom edge on the valley fold at each end.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 8
    Step 8

    Place the flattened accordion on the cutting mat. Using the ruler to guide the knife and beginning and ending exactly on the outermost valley folds, cut a slit parallel to the top edge to connect the top marks. In the same way, cut another slit to connect the bottom marks.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 9
    Step 9

    Cut the second 22" x 5" (55.9 cm x

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 10
    Step 10

    Weaving the Cards
    With the accordion still flattened and face up, lift the long center strip and slide one card under it; slide the card to the left, snug against the end of the slits.

  • Step 11

    Now hold down the long center strip and, starting from the back of the accordion, weave a card over it and out to the back again.
    &
    Make sure the card is snug against the first card.

  • How to bound an accordion book. Woven Accordion Book - Step 12
    Step 12

    Repeat the weaving process for the remaining cards, alternately inserting them under or over the center strip and tightening them as you go by sliding them over to the previous card. When you are finished, accordion-fold the book.
    Note: To make three 2 3⁄4"

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Comments

Scott N.
Scott N.
HELLO!! I am trying to create a accordion chipbook style brochure. I am having issues with the material and keeping the cost down. I would like to use something like chipboard but would like it to be scored and fold without cracking or falling apart??? HELP! PLEASE!
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Ed L.
Ed L.
Any instructions on how to make that fabulous book jacket in the picture?
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
awesome i will try this out, thanks for sharing,
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