Make a Book
Excerpted from The Handmade Book © 2000 by Angela James with permission from Storey Books, Pownal, Vermont 05261, 800-441-5700, Dept. YP, .storeybooks.com.
A single-section book is simple to make. Sheets of paper are gathered together and folded in half to make a single section. The number of sheets used can vary, but if you use thick paper, do not use too many, or the book will look clumsy.
For the cover, select a suitable light cardboard or heavy paper. If what you choose is not heavy enough, laminate two different papers together to obtain the required weight.
1. Cut the paper for the cover so that it measures 365 x 520 mm (1 4~ x 20J4 in). Fold in half along the long side, carefully matching the edges. Its dimensions should now be 365 x 260 mm (14k x 10~4 in).
2. To form your single section, measure and cut the
of plain paper to the same height as the cover, but make the width
wider. Fold each sheet in half along the long side, matching the edges,
then insert the sheets one inside the other.
6. The book is now ready to assemble. Cut a piece
thread about twice the length of the spine and pull it through a block
of beeswax . Thread the needle. Place the section of folded sheets and
endpapers inside the folded cover, lining up the sewing
open out the whole. Starting from the bottom, push the needle through
first hole from inside to outside and through the hole in the cover,
a long enough thread end on the inside to tie off later. Place the
in position, against the spine, take the thread around it and go back
exactly the same hole to the inside. Take the needle up to the next
go through again and out of the cover, around the dowel and back
the same hole, pulling as firmly as you can. Continue this process,
up the book until you come to the last hole. Keep the tension the same
all the way.
7. Tie off the thread on the inside of the section by looping the needle under the last stitch and through the resulting ioop twice. Pull tightly and cut off the end to within 15 mm (% in). Go back to the beginning and tie off the other end in the same way.
Make a Book with a Secret Compartment
The Handmade Book
by Angela James
Hardcover. Storey Books, 2000.
In an age when so much is mass produced, a handmade book -- like home-grown produce or hand-crafted furniture -- is something to be treasured.
This book explains the basics of bookbinding, including materials, tools and techniques; and it outlines 13 step-by-step projects that beginners can tackle.
Although basic, the projects are nevertheless creative, clever and useful. They include a single-section book sewn on two wooden dowels, a single-section case binding, and a leather-bound pocket book.
Crafted with care and attention to detail, the handmade books in this volume will make attractive gifts, personalized journals or handy notebooks.
Published in a large format with color photo illustrations, The Handmade Book includes a special showcase section of contemporary bindings by some of today's best bookbinders.
A step by step guide to creating your own hand bound books at home
Hardcover Bookbinding Kit
Handmade Leather Journal
Books, Memory and Photo Albums, Journals and Diaries Made by Hand
Handcrafted Journals, Albums, Scrapbooks & More
The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books
The Craft of Bookbinding
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