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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.
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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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Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding