Tomorrow, I will be at a book binding workshop by Paige Evans. I want to learn this “coptic stitch”. For a relatively long time, I had respect for binding a book or booklet…and meanwhile I realized that it is relatively easy…more easy than I thought. At least when you do it without this “magic stitch”. A big help was the book “Bookcraft” by Heather Weston, Quarry Books (ISBN 978-1592534555). I had mentioned this book already when I created the book cover of a notebook. This small notebook below, I recently, I made for a friend of me.
First you need paper of the same size for the inside of your booklet and a cardstock in the same size for the cover. Mine here has the format A5. Fold each of them in the middle and place them into each other.
Next, you drill 3 small holes along the folding. For this purpose, I fixed the paper and cardstock with clamps, that they do not move around, as you can see on the photo above. For making the holes I used an awl. Use a stronger thread and a needle to sew the sides together. You can see the order of how I went through the holes on the sketch below. Make a tight knot with the ends by crossing them above the thread along the fold.
Now, the front edge of the booklet is a bit uneven. In order to cut this nice and even I fixed the booklet as follows: I placed the booklet on a cutting mat in order that the back is relatively close to the edge of your table. On the cutting line, I placed a metal ruler. On top of this was a wooden board which I fixed with 2 screw clamps at the table. As everything was fixed well, I was cutting along the metal ruler with my scalpel several times until all the paper was cut. Afterwards I could start with decorating the cover.
After having finished one booklet I was in the mood to create more as a stock…you never know when you might need them 😉
Some of them I also already decorated….thus I also have reduced my stash a bit 🙂
Have you also created a book or booklet on your own? Which experience did you make?