Bookbinding: A Step-by-Step Guide

Bookbinding: A Step-by-Step Guide

Kathy Abbott

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1847971539

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

For beginners or experienced bookbinders, antiquarian bookshops or conservation binders—detailed steps for practicing an age-old craft steeped in beauty and tradition

Appropriate for a beginner or for an established bookbinder wishing to refresh their memory, this practical guide introduces the techniques of hand-binding a book with step-by-step instructions and photographs. The craft of bookbinding has a long history and tradition and is now enjoying a period of renewed popularity and creativity. Here, transforming a few sheets of paper and some thread into a book to be proud of is made accessible. For the more experienced craftsperson, it also covers how to work with leather to create classic, professional bindings. Topics covered include single-section bindings, such as paperback or hardcover; multisection bindings, such as full-cloth case, photograph album, quarter-leather binding with paper or cloth-covered sides, or wrap-around structure; and containers, such as a phase box, slipcase, or portfolio case.

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paper, which should be cut slightly larger (all round) than the page size of the sewn book-block. The grain direction must run head to tail. 02/ Take one folio of the coloured paper and lay it horizontally on to some wastepaper, with the spine fold away from you. Take another piece of wastepaper and mask off all but 3–4mm of the spine fold of the coloured paper. 03/ Take the PVA/Evacon-R™ and a small hog’s-hair brush. Paint the strip of exposed coloured paper with glue, brushing away from

with tweezers 16b. Positioning the guard 16c. The guard in position 17/ Carefully lift up the folio (with the tissue still attached) and turn it over so that the folio is still placed face down, with the spine fold positioned halfway across the bondina. Wrap the uncovered half of the bondina around the spine fold of the folio tightly, so that the other half of the tissue is now stuck firmly around the spine fold and on to the other side of the folio. Smooth down the tissue (through the

need to be guarded. 19/ When the guards have dried, you will need to trim them to the correct length. You must not open the folio until you have trimmed the guards, as you are likely to create a small tear at the head and tail of the folio, against the tissue guard. To trim the guards, cut them almost to the length of the folio with a small pair of scissors, then open the folio and trim the guard exactly to size with a scalpel and ruler. 19a. The guarded section 19b. Trimming the guard with

Leave the glue to dry off so that it is no longer wet to the touch, but is cold and slightly tacky. Press your finger firmly on to the spine, and if no white adhesive is transferred to your finger, you are ready to round and back your book. Rounding and Backing Method 01/ Cut a right angle on your lined cover boards (that you made earlier), and then follow the instructions for rounding and backing (‘Rounding’ Step 1 to ‘Backing’ Step 19 in Project 3, The Full Cloth Case-Binding, pp. 51–53).

polyester, and paint it with PVA/Evacon-R™, using the small hog’s-hair brush. The acetate/ polyester is used so that the fraynot does not get stuck to it, as it would if it were wastepaper. 03/ Carefully peel up the fraynot, taking care not to stretch it. It will be very floppy now. 04/ Working quickly, attach the fraynot to the inside of the spine area of the inner wrapper, placing it 1mm from each end of the wrapper, so that it is centred. If the fraynot has stretched lengthways and is now

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