I've been making some new "crossed structure binding" journals. The covers are made from Saint Armand papers which are beautiful to the eye, wonderful to work with and very durable for book covers. Saint Armand papers are made at La Papeterie Saint Armand in Montreal Canada. Saint Armand is one of the few remaining paper mills to make both handmade and machine made papers.
I found some wonderful sunflower yellow hemp twine (which is also very strong: 20 lb.) at the hemp clothing store at The Forks Market which I thought would be great for bookbinding. With a crossed structure binding, the inside pages are hand sewn onto straps that extend from the back cover, and these straps are then woven into the front cover. The hardest part of making this type of book is making the pattern or template for the covers, and making sure the straps line up perfectly with the holes they are woven through.
These softcover books would make great notebooks or journals. The pages are ivory coloured Strathmore “petal inclusion” papers with lovely flower petals scattered in the paper design.