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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Invitation to our bindery

Patterned A6 journal 2

For the first time we are part of the Marrickville Open Studio Trail. This is a marvelous council initiative that produces a map, lists the creative venues that are happy to open their studios/galleries etc to you the public. We all are open from 11.00am until 5.00pm both days – 5th and 6th March

For full details go to the Marrickville Council Home website and click on the ‘Out and About’ category. MOST is listed as such. (http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/). We are No. 36 and there are a lot of other studios around us. To make it easy we have coffee shops all around us for a necessary refreshing break. If required you should find parking in Chapel Street where we are.

This is a professional bindery where hand bookbinding is done. You will see some interesting wooden clamps and presses. We will have examples of repair work and custom bindings we offer plus some of my Design Bindings that are exhibition pieces.

But mostly we would love you to meet us – Rosemarie the bookbinder and Marika the jeweller. Yes we will see us working on the days you visit us.

There is a visitors book which I hope you register in as we have a ‘give away’ for a lucky winner. Names will be in a hat and drawn after the weekend, email addresses are all we need to contact you if you are the lucky winner.

Any enquiries please email me – sydneybookbinding21@gmail.com

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Last information I have for Longstitch

Notes concerning hole pattern punching and spine covering
Notes concerning hole pattern punching and spine covering

Notes concerning hole pattern punching and spine covering

Some notes that may assist. If you can read it I think it is self explanatory.

Bookcloth attached, paper pattern attached, holes punched ready for stitching

Bookcloth attached, paper pattern attached, holes punched ready for stitching

Using your bookcloth for the spine give the necessary strength. Corners need to be neat and the inside of the spine lined.

After this you create your paper pattern – make it longer so that you can tape it to the inside of your covers to hold secure.

Punch your holes from the outside and make sure the first and last row are catching the text sections at least 10mm to 15mm in from the head and tail of the text.

First section stitched for even row of holes

First section stitched for even row of holes

These images are a guide for the stitching in of your sections.

Start on the second hole, go to the top on the outside then into the inside again – tie off. Continue in and out to the other end and, either tie off (looping thread through the last inside long stitch) and pull firm – do this twice.

Linking stitch to the second section for even row of holes

Linking stitch to the second section for even row of holes

You can start the second section the same way – probably needing to sew into the same holes.

If you want to link to the second section go through, inside the spine, from the second hole and into the second hole of this new section.

First section stitched for uneven rows of holes

First section stitched for uneven rows of holes

These last images are for uneven row of holes.

You start the same way but usually stitch down and up and either tie off or link to the second section and complete stitching down and up – tie off with a looping thread.

If you are stuck you can email me of course but I think I have given you all the information you need.

Finally - if you read this Tash please make contact with me – you still should submit your work on Wednesday and – we found your computer and left it in the Student Centre.

Posted in UNSW/Art and Design |
Sydney Bookbinding

Our last day – lots of work to do.

Longstitch spine with even number of rows of holes

 

Longstitch spine with even number of rows of holes

Longstitch spine with even number of rows of holes

Longstitch spine with uneven rows of stitches

Longstitch spine with uneven rows of stitches

Again I ask you to bring what you need to get a good 3 hours work for our last day.

There are some points I will mention here but am available to assist you tomorrow. However it is just really important to get the text pages for your last book well on the way.

A few points about the covers -

  • Measure and cut square – make sure they are accurate right angles.
  • As with the Concertina you need to sand that sharp edge  - on the outside – head, tail and fforedge.
  • You also need to gently sand the head and tail of the spine strip.
  • You should create a  ’square’ (extra area of cover seen around the text).
  • You complete the cover to your satisfaction – line the inner spine with bookcloth and you need to cover the inner covers to complete them – paper, bookcloth, whatever you want.
  • The pattern for the holes must be designed from the height of the text with the first holes about 10mm or 15mm in from that edge (head and tail). Design the rest of the holes to suit your design but, if you have narrow pages, make sure they are securely held with stitching.
Stitching pattern -
  • If uneven then you have the continuous line.
  • Even number of holes gives the opportunity to leave gaps.
I will put on the whiteboard some points regarding the sewing in of the sections and can demonstrate this if necessary.
See you all tomorrow.
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Day 9 – what you should plan to do.

Longstitch smaple card
Longstitch smaple card

Longstitch smaple card

As mentioned I include an image as a reminder that if you plan your stitching to be even  numbers you can create the gaps. If you plan your stitching to be uneven numbers then the stitching will create a continuous line of thread. Of course this is looking at the lines of holes across the spine.

All the holes need to be 4mm apart – if required they can be a bit  more – say 5mm.

You did well in forming the sample cover today but, for your final book, this will not be measured and done until all the text has been made. Therefore I think you should bring papers etc and really work on the internal pages tomorrow. We can go  over the stitching in of sections on Friday so that you feel  confident in doing this. Of course, as I see what the text pages are I can advise you on where stitching holes should be placed.

I expect you to get to class by 10am fully equipped for a 3 hours in the room working at this final book. Only that way can I be able to assist and advise you individually.

I will not bring in PVA etc – you need to have your own. I will have the orders of course.

I should mention that I do sell the bookbinding PVA some of you used from my container. Yes it is superior but more expensive so I was not pushing is. However if you want a small container it is $10.00 for a 250ml jar.

As we finish on Friday, so if you require material please try to get the list to me  tomorrow – or – come across to Marrickville on Saturday as we are open. I can give you bus directions of course.

See you tomorrow for a much cooler day – good for working.

 

 

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Sydney Bookbinding

Day 8 – what to bring and what we will do

Interesting cover with stitching

 

Interesting cover with stitching

Interesting cover with stitching

As the stitching proved a little of a challenge – and then adding the sections.

I hope you could spend time at home working on it as it then will become much easier plus you can start designing how you would like to do this final book.

I will quickly go over this tomorrow but we need to get onto creating the covered covers with their necessary hinging areas.

I will  have for you the board pieces plus the cloth to cover then.

You need to bring the following – PVA, brush (have a larger round bristle brush). piece of plastic, jar for water, chucks cloth to set up your gluing station.

To cut and cover the sample board –  have your usual tools including a setsquare, Stanley knife, bonefolde, sandpaper – realer, cutting matt etc. I must mention that you cannot cut board with a craft knife – you need the stringer Stanley knife.

Any spare time you need to work on your internal pages. When this is done you will know the size of board you will need for the covers. this give you time to order board and cloth you want to use. Sort out the papers you will need.

You can guess I want to see Thursday and Friday days where you work on your books – I am there to give assistance of course but hopefully no more time give the demonstrations from me.

Posted in Custom Bookbinding |
Sydney Bookbinding

Day 7 – what you need to bring

Jeans longstitch

 

Jeans longstitch

Jeans longstitch

I will have a short PowerPoint of Longstitch – all taken from previous student’s work.

We will follow that with an explanation of the stitching of this style of book. To do this we will make a sample in flexible card as that is a good way to learn quickly and give you a way of experimenting future stitching patterns you may want to use.

The rest of our time will be for you to complete your designs and to work on the text pages.

What to bring – usual tools and cutting mat, have your needle and bonefolder. Have the papers you need to prepare your text pages.

I will bring the card and thread to use to create your sample.

See you tomorrow – at 10.00am – please be on time.

Posted in UNSW/Art and Design |
Sydney Bookbinding