Q:is there a tutorial on the book block?
Hello! I have been meaning to make a tutorial on how I sew most of my hardback books, but haven’t got round to it yet. My default style of sewing is a bit idiosyncratic and produces a tough but flexible result without utilising cords or tapes. There are quite good tutorials on other sites, however. Here are some tutorials I found that look useful, the first two of them are videos:
SB Libris on YouTube
Raffaele de Dominicis on YouTube, sewing on cords (in four parts)
Mothteeth: How to make a simple hardcover book
Jamie Butler: The basic binding of books
Dave the Designer: Case binding
Magus is a one of a kind blank journal I made out of upcycled materials - it is covered with supple yet surprisingly hardwearing leather, which in its previous life was most likely used in upholstery. So this is his third life, I guess. Cover flap features a discarded brass plate, sewn on with waxed linen thread. The book itself is sewn in the historical longstitch style, using thick dark grey linen thread, with 160 pages of gray-brown recycled paper inside.
The book is for sale, too, in case you’re interested.
Right. Where did the whole month of June go? I haven’t been updating much because I have been preoccupied with inventing and finishing various miniature books, and also with making customer works. This one was for the bookbinding exhibition at the Vanhan Kirjallisuuden Päivät antique and second hand book fair. Later this summer it will also get shown in Kätköistä Löytyneet 2014 miniature book exhibition in Kuopio, Finland.
In a week or so I am starting my summer holiday and won’t be doing much before August. I’ll see whether I can squeeze a few book-related posts out of me before that.
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This is a book I bound for myself; Witchcraft and the Black Art by J.W. Wickwar, second printing from 1927. Half bound in fine chocolate brown Harmatan goatskin, with handsewn French headbands and black endpapers. Covered with flax paper. You might remember that dirty, foxed edge from a previous post. I wanted the look and feel of the new binding to be sympathetic to that edge I liked so much.
What I wanted from this one was a simple, straightforward project to ease my mind whenever I wasn’t working on anything else. Now this piece is in a lovely, readable condition. It used to be a cloth binding coming loose from its covers. So, success. I would have preferred smaller type for the lowercase titling but there wasn’t any, so I’m satisfied with what I got. I took these pictures before adding a few tooled lines but you get the idea!