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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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Wednesday – Stitching in sections

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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Sydney Bookbinding
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