A pair to remember
3 hours, all materials included: $70
Practice makes perfect, especially when there’s much to remember. Learn all the steps involved in assembling a text block and sewing it in the traditional long stitch, plus preparing the spine for casing it in a hard cover. Then while it’s fresh and before you can forget, perfect your technique and do it all again. After completion text blocks will require about two hours for drying. Younger participants may require some adult assistance with measuring and punching.
Ages 9 to adult.
Wear comfortable shoes and work clothes.
Sources for papers and supplies
Paper and bookbinding terminology
Finding and working with grain direction
Using a bone folder for creasing and tearing
Folding and gathering signatures
Making a punch pattern and punching with an awl
Using a book cradle
Measuring and lengthening linen thread
Adding linen tapes for strength
Correct needle threading and classic bookbinder’s knots and long stitch
Gluing and reinforcing spine assembly with mull and paper
Selecting and applying decorative endbands and ribbon bookmarkers