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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Last day for assistance

Book sits well and cover is well designed
Concertina -
  • Covers and concertina must stand securely flat on the desk and in an open arrangement.
  • Have your sandpaper to sand the head, tail and foredge (top,  bottom and front) of the outside of the covers to remove that sharp edge. A longer bevel sometimes looks, and feels, good.
  • Remember to take the sharp point off the corners also.
  • Covers must be able to fully close protecting your concertina.
  • Work surfaces both sides to create interest – some attempt to have a progression in the images is required – even if only from one side to the other.
  • Covers should show some designing to relate them to your concertina contained.
Hard cover Longstitch -
  • Covers need to be larger than your text pages – we call this the ‘square’. a smaller book perhaps around 5mm but a larger one 10mm
  • As the board you are using is approximately 3mm thick make the spaces 7mm wide. This will ensure that the covers flex well back and forth.
  • Have your sandpaper to sand the head, tail and foredge (top,  bottom and front) of the outside of the covers to remove that sharp edge. A longer bevel sometimes looks, and feels, good.
  • Remember to take the sharp point off the corners also.
  • For this book sand also the top and bottom of your spine piece.
  • Bookcloth must be used for the spine area in order to create a strong and lasting hinge. Rest of cover is there for you to decorate, design and create an appropriate introduction to your book.
  • You need to cover the inside of the spine strip, and onto the covers, with the bookcloth also. Make sure that the overlap onto the covers is at least 20mm each side as you are working it into the hinge which will take up about 7mm each hinge area.
  • The inside of the covers needs to be covered and this can be of any material as it is not over a hinge area or structural in any way. Do this area after you have finished your covers and make sure it is squared.
  • It should not cover to the very edge but come in from the cover edges by a few mm at least.
  • This book requires a definite sequential story line and you should work both sides of the pages.
  • Animate the surfaces – work them – to create interest.
  • Remember paper can be folded, pleated, crushed, torn, woven, stitched. Pockets and fold-outs are elements to consider and sections can be created with pages of different heights – single pages or multiples.
  • This is a major book and should have at least 8 sections.
  • Stitching can be single rows or two sections into one row. It can be a combination of single rows and double rows of stitching depending on your sections.
NOTE – width of spine is not determined until the sections are folded.
  • Spine width is to comfortably accommodate your sections – not squashed. Allow 4mm at least extra either side before the spine edge of your first and last section. The row of holes begins therefore inside the edge of your spine. Holes need to be 4mm apart at least.
  • Your exact paper pattern for the spine holes is taped to the outside of the spine (when covers are completed), and you awl accurately through from the outside.
  • A separate paper pattern is created for your sections – line these up against your spine holes and ensure you keep the pages up the right way. Awl the  holes through from the inside and make sure they are exactly at the fold.
  • Stitching can become a decorated area by perhaps binding areas, adding objects – this can introduce colours.
    Book sits well and cover is well designed

    Book sits well and cover is well designed

IF THERE ARE AREAS HERE WHERE YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE MAKE SURE YOU ASK ME TO GO OVER THESE POINTS WITH YOU.                       

Accordion with cut away panels

Accordion with cut away panels

Interesting cover with stitching

Interesting cover with stitching

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Wednesday – Stitching in sections

Section stitched into sample card

I will only need the first part of our lesson to demonstrate the stitching in of sections and for you to complete this step in your sample card.

The second part of the lesson you need to have all your material in order to work on your sections for your final book. The artwork need not be done on the pages but your design should be finalised, how you are to ‘realise’ your ‘story’ and therefore how many sections you will need to create.

Sections can be in card as well as papers, envelopes with inclusions, collages, shaped and different sizes. If you have inclusions which will thicken up the sections please plan to put something in at those places so that we can gauge the exact thickness of your text block (stacked sections).

Sections can be more than one leaf – you can tuck one or two in together – this can help when we do not want lots of sections to stitch through your spine.

The spine size of card is just a few mm wider than the thickness of your text block. If there are more rows of stitches required we have 2 options – stitch 2 sections into each row of holes  -  or create a staggered second row of holes below the main ones. This allows more sections to be stitched in without making the spine board thicker. All the  holes through your spine must be at least 4mm apart.

All will be covered tomorrow morning and Thursday morning when I can work with your actual text block – IN THICKNESS AND NUMBER OF SECTIONS.

It is important that all instructions for this final book are covered by end of class on Thursday. We then have hot Friday as the final check of Concertinas and Longstitch books. After that you are on your own but with just under a week to complete these books for marking on the 25th (Thursday)

See you all tomorrow.

Section stitched into sample card

Section stitched into sample card

 

Staggered stitching pattern

Staggered stitching pattern

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Tuesday – sample covers for Longstitch

Longstitch smaple card

I will have small pieces of board and cloth so that we can do a sample of how to cut and create hinges allowing you to have side covers and a spine area – the format for your larger Longstitch book.

So cutting and gluing, yes corners to be neatly done, you also  need to sand the outside edge of your covers – top, bottom and front plus the actual corners.

We will then have card pieces to pierce holes into so that we can understand the stitching process. Some folded bits of paper will allow us to actually stitch in some sections.

I will bring thread, board, cloth and sandpaper for you to use.

Longstitch spine

Longstitch spines

 

 

Longstitch spine - even number of stitches

Longstitch spine - even number of stitches

Longstitch sample card

Longstitch sample card

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Monday 15th Concertina and Longstitch

Covers of simple concertina book

You will work on your Concertina so make sure you have all the materials and tools you require.

Have your samples with you as we will use one of your cover samples to attach to one of your concertina samples – the final requirement is to be able to attach the covers securely and neatly.

It is important that your concertina and covers sit flat on the desk. The concertina can have an irregular top area but it needs to be fully supported at the base.

I will cover some of the requirements for your final project but not spend work time on it. You need to be working on the content pages and to have them well on the way in the next couple of days. Our class time will be devoted mostly to the construction and covering of the covers plus the stitching patterns – content pages you can work on in your own time and any extra time we can give to them during class.

Covers and stitching procedure is quite demanding. 

Internal pages of Longstitch book

Internal pages of Longstitch book

Well made Longstitch covers

Well made Longstitch covers

Covers of simple concertina book

Covers of simple concertina book

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Friday – marking and covering boards

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For your marking come in, find a space, perhaps around the room, and set out your book with your name and student number clearly on a piece of paper.

I will go around the books, testing if they function well and photographing them. This allows me to take my time considering your marks for this project. Marks are submitted to Michael and go through the normal channels of UNSW before getting to you.

Hopefully I have that all done in the first part of  the class time – then, at about 11.00 we can go through the covering of board for the making of covers for our Concertina. For this you need your ‘gluing station’ as shown.  Have your usual tools plus scissors (best for cutting the corners).  You will need sandpaper but I will bring some for tomorrow – get your own for own work (grit of around 180).

Bring your gluing stuff in a plastic bag as you will take it home wet.

Any questions contact me.

Gluing station

Gluing station

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