John Neal Bookseller is selling Ruth Smith’s Zhen Xian Bao book!

I received John Neal Bookseller‘s newsletter today and was thrilled to see that they were selling copies of Ruth Smith‘s book Zhen Xian Bao: A Little Known Chinese Folk Art. For those who aren’t in the know, that’s the Chinese Sewing Box.

Cover of Zhen Xian Bao: A Little Known Chinese Folk Art by Ruth Smith

I have wanted this book for quite a while, so I jumped on it. If you look on Amazon, you’ll see that copies of the book are selling for $500.00+, which is stupid crazy. Thankfully, JNB is selling it at a much more reasonable price.

To better understand my Chinese Sewing Box crazies, please read the blog posts I’ve written about the subject. In a nutshell, I attended a workshop with Erin Sweeney and she poisoned my mind forever. Thanks Erin. 😉

Smith’s email address has been floating around for a while and rumor had it that if you contacted her, you could get her books (yes, I said books) directly from her. Did I do that? Nope. And for no good reason.

I did a little sleuthing and found this great post by Lesley Watt over at Art Elements. She attended a workshop with Smith in October 2017 and shared some wonderful images of authentic pieces from Smith’s collection. Lesley also confirmed that you can order books directly from Smith by contacting her at

And about those books – there are four of them. The title on each book is Folded Secrets: Paper Folding Projects and they have blue covers. If you Google the title and look at the image results you can find them.

If you order any of the books and are getting itchy while you wait for them to arrive, here are some tidbits to tide you over:

7 Responses to “John Neal Bookseller is selling Ruth Smith’s Zhen Xian Bao book!”

By daria wilber - 15 June 2018 Reply

You will LOVE the book. I bought it a few years ago along with her instruction booklets for making the Zhen Xian Bao. I always take it with me to share with students when teaching a ZXB class. It provides a lot of insight and ignites increased interest in ZXBs in general.

By Elissa - 16 June 2018 Reply

Daria –

I can’t wait for mine to get here!

I also got a Cherryl Moote book (Fold) because, well, Cherryl Moote. And coincidentally, she has a downloadable pdf of directions for the Chinese Sewing Box.


By daria wilber - 16 June 2018 Reply

Elissa, I don’t have Fold…please post a “review” once you’ve dug through it! :)! Daria

By Elissa - 18 June 2018 Reply

Daria –

I just got my shipping notification – yay!

I’m happy to do a review, but it’s a matter of when…Anna is the boss of me, so I’ll have to check in with her. 🙂


By daria wilber - 18 June 2018

Oh Elissa, I totally get who the boss is in your house now! ;0). Daria

By Karen Krieger - 26 June 2018 Reply

Hi Elissa — my copy is on it’s way to me and I can’t wait! Thanks for the heads up on it. I had a grilled cheese last night for the first time in decades and thought of you and Anna! xox, Karen

By Elissa - 27 June 2018 Reply

Karen –

I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I actually don’t like grilled cheese. I’m just not a fan of melted cheese – I prefer it cold.

I hope that Anna doesn’t end up with the same affliction!


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