Hand-bound Books

Using techniques of early book-binders, Iris Graville makes one-of-a-kind blank books
ideal for writing, sketching, photos, or guest comments. She covers book board with fine
art papers from around the world or papers she paints by hand. The acid-free paper
inside the books is bound by hand to the covers with durable, waxed linen thread. Iris
usually uses a Coptic, or chain, stitch which allows the book to lie flat. The stitching is
not covered, so Iris uses threads in a variety of colors and sometimes incorporates beads.


The books come in three basic sizes – 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and 9” x 12” – although custom sizes, styles, and papers are available.

Iris also makes books with soft covers, accordion books, and sketch and watercolor books with paper suitable for drawing or painting. For custom orders, call Iris at 360-468-3718 or e-mail her at: iris@irisgraville.com.