DCA Bookbinding (Part 2/6)

This time i’ve got photos!!

If you remember from the last post, we were making long stitch bound books with a slotted wrapper cover. Well, this week we finished it! So, here is a mini-tutorial of what we did:

Last week we started the folding process. No photos of that, but it is simply a matter of folding up sections (or folios as they are otherwise known!) so they are all the same size! It was a little tricky and i’m wishing that i had a big guillotine in my home studio to neaten up the edges of my future books… but i guess i’ll just have to make sure my folding is REALLY precise! We made 8 folios, but you can make as many or as little as you want. A tip for making it easier: don’t make each section too thick/have too many individual pages as it will be too touch to hand pierce and ensure you have an even number of sections.

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Next step: piercing the sections.

The holes need to be measured out exactly. Measure your section from head to tail and divide the measurement by 5 exactly. Take a scrap of paper, fold it in half, and mark up the measurements in the fold.

These marks will give you a guide of where to pierce. Take a braddle (the wooden handled piercing tool pictured above) and pierce each of the holes all the way through. Repeat step for each section.

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Next measure out a cover. Select a paper that is thicker and more sturdy than the pages of your sections. As we were in a print studio, we got to choose from beautiful printed scraps… and i naturally picked out something purple and pretty!

The cover needs to be able to fit all the way around your books, with a good deal of overlap for the slot binding… as you’ll see below the cover i picked wasn’t quite long enough for a slot binding… but i’m going to stitch a button into it instead!!

Also, the cover should fit snuggly over the sections. It should be almost identical in size from head to tail. As you’ll see below mind is slightly too big and the cover has buckled with the tight stitching. Next time i’ll measure out my cover with better precision!

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Take a section and measure it against the cover, then using a bone folder mark a crease in the cover. Then take all of your sections and measure them against the crease to form the centre of the spine. Mark another crease on the opposite side of your spine with bone folder.

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Four slits need to be made. Line up a section and mark out where the holes are. Take a braddle and make a hole in either side of the spine, just inside the line of the crease.

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Make the slits from hole to hole.

Now we’re ready to stitch!

The stitching process was kind of complicated to photograph…. but if you google “long stitch binding” there are lots of diagrams and tutorials that show you what to do!

I’ve just discovered Sea Lemon and her wonderful booky youtube tutorials and they are fantastic! If you’re into making booky things, definitely give her channel a wander through. Here is her one demonstrating the long stitch binding method:

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One great tip i can give with the stitching, is that every section will look different. As long as you follow the pattern of single stitches and double stitches (as pictured above and below) you’ll never go wrong!

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……… and TA-DAH!

The finished book:

Long Stitch through Slotted Wrapper Cover - Finished (1)

The cover is too large, as you can see the edges have buckled with the tight stitching… i now know what to do for next time!

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There are a couple of things i would do differently if i was to go back and make this book again… but that’s what learning is for and on the whole i’m pretty gloriously happy with how my first ever book has turned out!!

Now… what to fill it with?………

See you next time for a whole new book!

Chloe out.

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