Sundays are for Different Things. I'll grant posting has been a bit erratic contentwise, but I hope, with all the adulting I've had to do because of school holidays there's been some things you've enjoyed.
So. In the midst of organising craft activities for the kids, on Thursday I decided to have a second go at book-binding. I am not a pro! Last time, this time last year or near enough, it was a little single signature sketchbook, paper bound. I used it. This time I wanted to make something grimoirey, sturdy and large. And home-made.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen some of these pictures already, but a bit of documentation doesn't hurt. Details and pics after the cut.
She passed them all on to me.
I used a huge pad of heavy grade paper (18"x12") to make the signatures. Nine sheets made three signatures. This is me folding them.
Heavy grade art paper for the endpapers, pasted onto the outer ends of the book. I couldn't find a piece of paper big enough, so I improvised.
So. first I glued another card spine over the first one. Then I used some gaffer tape to hold on the covers.
Then, I covered the spine with thick green fabric, folding down the top and bottom in the gap between the spine and signatures. That done, I covered the covers with the thinner purple fabric, then put more paper on the inside covers to seal down the fabric. And pasted a plate on the front, which I'll decorate. But first...
Which meant I actually got a use out of all those gaming hardbacks I wrote. Hurrah for the Shelf of Shame!
Off to the Other Place of Work, then.
Be back in the morning.
OK, I'll be honest, I should have used coarser cloth for the cover. It got too... pressy. Still, not bad for a first go at a stitched multiple sig binding.