Book Binding 101

Thursday, January 16, 2014

When I was a teenager (right around 14 years-old) I started taking classes at the community center near our home. At the time one of my church leaders taught many of the classes, which was part of my motivation for enrolling. I would take classes two nights a week or on a Saturday morning. Without fail I was always the youngest one in the class, which didn't bother me at all. Though the classes varied: book binding, card making, rubber stamping, and calligraphy, the common theme was always paper. Anything and everything related to paper. We would make little origami boxes, or pop-up greeting cards, and then address envelopes with a flourished script. I loved it. It was structured art that gave me something to do besides study, plus it boosted my adolescent self-confidence.

Fast forward several years and this past weekend I found myself sitting in another classroom surrounded by familiar book binding tools. Our goal for the afternoon was to create a chain stitch journal in three hours. Though I won't outline the entire step-by-step process here (check out this similar tutorial), these images should give you an idea of how to make your own book. Once your book is complete make sure you let it rest under a heavy object for several days to several weeks.

  • One Lineco Linen Tape Journal kit
  • Two pieces of 6 x 8 decorative paper or one large piece of paper
  • Two pieces of 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 paper for the inside flap
  • Three 32 inch piers of waxed linen thread in any color
  • One piece of Lineco book cloth, 2 x 15 inches
  • Needle, scissors, bone folder, awl, PVA Glue, and Glue Brush 


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