In my classes, I encourage students to look at the book or book-like structure as an art object and not merely as a vessel for their content. This series of posts by no means encompasses everything there is to know about book making, but I hope that it will inspire you to explore more! Simple bookbinding requires no heavy equipment.
All you need are a needle and scissors and a few other minor tools. Now I order my supplies online, often in bulk, from Talas , a New York City-based supplier of bookbinding tools and materials with a comprehensive online store. Folding a sheet in half yields a folio. A signature is a compilation of two or more loose folios.
The simplest method of binding a single signature codex, or a book bound on one edge, is with a pamphlet stitch. In this technique, the cover and signature are sewn at once. There are three basic variations of the pamphlet stitch: the three-hole station , the four-hole and the five-hole. Using your ruler and a pencil, mark five sewing stations. Station 3 is exactly in the center of the spine. Stations 2 and 4 are equidistant from the center. I marked them 1.
Stations 1 and 5 are equidistant from Stations 2 and 4. Using your awl, pierce the sewing stations. Thread your needle. Do not tie a knot just yet!
To bind: Begin on the inside at Station 3. Pull your needle through Station 3. Go through Station 4 to the inside. Go through Station 5 to the outside.
Join the Community. Remainder dot on bottom edge. Fantastic explanation and photos. A few tools can also be prepared by simple methods, which will be discussed in another section of this website. Go through Station 5 to the outside. Very Good with no dust jacket. Might sound surprising, but you actually do need wastepaper so that you can easily do the pasting and then dispose of the trash.
Go through Station 2 to the outside. Go through Station 1 to the inside. Go though Station 3 to the inside. Tie a square knot around the long stitch, which crosses over Station 3. Additional Resources. These incredible reference texts are a must-have. ABC of Bookbinding by Jane Greenfield is an illustrated glossary covering terms related to bookbinding and the book. Bookbinding: The Classic Arts and Crafts Manual by Douglas Cockerell is a classic work of the Arts and Crafts Movement in England and covers every aspect of the craft — from folding and collating pages to designing and inlaying on leather.
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About Claire: Claire Dalgliesh is an Australian designer and blogger currently based in sunny Singapore. She fills her time exploring her new home country, crafting up a storm in her studio and, of course, sharing all that and more on her blog, Fellow Fellow www. Thank you for this — really clear pictures and timely step by step instruction..
I do alot of book binding and I have yet to use the proper thread — I more or less use what is available and it works.. This is amazing. Great post!
Also it got boring watching repetitive steps. Speeding up the video through the repeated steps would make for a better instruction, as well as shortening up the video considerably. I got tired of watching it. You tube only seem to supply music that makes me want to tear my eyes out. Most process based videos use cuts, i find this misleading sequence shortened i wanted to show all the work involved and where all the time and effort goes, luckily for you i experienced technical difficulties while capturing so lost about 20 min off the end. By crazyg my flickr stuff Follow.
More by the author:. About: the a b c approach is not for me. Add Teacher Note. M aterials paper card strong thread fabric off cuts glue Tools clamps boards to use with clamps size of proposed book bradawl pointy thing soft surface to use with bradawl piece of card to use with the bradawl sharp knife metal rule curved surface i used a large screwdriver handle.
Traditionally its all about the even numbers. On a piece of folded card, same size as your paper. If a bunch gets flipped the holes of that bunch will still line up with the next bunch. Flip the whole thing over to reveal all your previous sewing work looking all neat and tidyish.
Waxed thread is helpful as it makes knots easily. As long as its all tight it has not got to look pretty. Do not release the clamp yet. Trimming large amounts of paper is not complicated but its not easy either,without industrial equipment. A sharp knife with care and some practice gives the cleanest results. Darn i thought i was going to avoid this terminology stuff.
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