About

Up Cycling Unwanted Books into Heirloom Keepsakes to Treasure

Spellbinderie was launched in 2010 offering unique blank books made from beautiful old French books whose bindings are damaged or whose text simply no longer have worth. Each book is carefully dismantled to salvage the covers for the rebinding process. Next a new text block is created using old world techniques: creasing the paper with a bone folder, hand-tearing the pages, piercing the sewing stations with an awl and sewing with strong linen thread and needle. Finally the rescued covers are attached and voila, a unique heirloom quality keepsake perfect for your treasured memories, writings and drawings.

Spellbinderie has been featured in numerous blogs and is proud to have been chosen to create the 2011 Etsy Wedding Fair official guest book.

Karen Rudd started her career as a fashion stylist and costumer in NYC in the late 1990s. She changed course in early 2000s to pursue her passion in documentary film, working as an editor on several docs including the well-received and acclaimed "The Iran Job". Shortly after moving to France with her partner she began to study bookbinding, a hobby of hers for many years. Her binding skills have been honed via self-study and training with bookbinder Mark Cockram in London. Karen also has a paper ephemera shop: Coups de Coeur, and a bookbinding supply shop: Spellbinderie Too, on Etsy. She also offers Coptic bookbinding workshops in her home just outside Lyon, France. Don't hesitate to contact Karen to discuss a project, request a custom order or schedule a workshop (small groups welcome).

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