Experimenting and Practice

Bookbinding –  

After completing the bookbinding workshop, where I made four books, (1 zine, 1 Piano bind and 2 stab binds) I realised that the book binding techniques are not separate techniques where only one is used to create a particular look of book but are various methods which are often combined to increase the strength of the binding, therefore what may look like a crisp and clean outward appearance may underneath use a technique which on it’s own would look messy and exposed.



Piano bind


Stab and Hemn binding


This has lead to me to explore the bookbinding techniques in more depth going back over the processes I had written down and making a clearer mental picture to work towards leading to me practicing these techniques starting with getting the signatures as neat as possible.

Starting this I’ve begun by creating a rectangle using the golden rule to make the most aesthetically appeasing shape for the book, I then cut the shape out of paper to make a template to mark all the pages out with.


After cutting out all the sheets I began folding and arranging them into signatures but then after research and seeing that it’s recommended to fold after arranging them not before, which I tried and found it looks a lot better.



First attempt at a kettle stitch style text block bind.



The thread kept knotting a lot and I couldn’t manage to keep all the loops and weavings the same tautness throughout, but other than those mistakes it turned out okay for my first text block bind.

Second attempt.


This time the end result turned out much better, the tautness is even and during the making process I encountered far less knots. The only negative is to do with the stage before where the paper isn’t all equal however with this being just a practice piece using lower quality paper, during the actual production I will spend more time sizing each sheet.


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