After learning to do Japanese stab binding with the class this year the handwork teacher (also a parent in the class) and I decided it would be really neat to step it up next year and do hardcover binding using signatures so the books could open up flat and have flexible spines. The woman who worked with us at school, the super talented Annah James agreed to host a class over the summer and I spent two 2 1/2 hour sessions last week learning this new technique. I gave the book I made to Q and we're probably going to add a leather strap to close it. I'm very happy with how it turned out and have a lot of ideas of what I want to do when I make another one.
I didn't really mean to make a book quite this thick. Next time I want to add a more elaborate stitch pattern on the binding too.
The signatures (groups of paper all folded together) mostly white and cream with a few sheets of black, gold, red, and silver interspersed. Q sometimes uses a white art pencil for sketching and it will look really good on the other colors.