Bookbinding

Sewing Over Cords #4

The final stretch (for one set of covers at least) as the covers and book block come together. The hairy twine needed a long twist of sticky tape on the ends in order to thread through the holes, where it was removed and the two loose ends threaded back on each side between the boards and book:

Using a hand clamp to keep the book squared up, I tied the twine in a simple double knot.

I did a little retouching on the inside of the boards where they had got scuffed.

And covered them with a square of oxblood vinyl (another gem from my oddments box) using PVA and a light pressure.

Which finished off the innards.

I frayed the hairy twine to add the finishing touch:

I have just figured out what I’m going to do with the second book, but I’ll leave that for another time…

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10 thoughts on “Sewing Over Cords #4

  1. Chris, this looks amazing. I’m glad you have got back into being booky. It is always my favourite thing to see on your blog, as I never get the time to make them anymore. I will definitely have to make another visit soon to see this up close. Aaron

  2. You should always make time for a little bookery Aaron! Plus, you are pretty good at it too – I have your III book in front of me as I type this!

    Look forward to seeing you again.

  3. Really glad to hear my book is still there with you. Seeing this post has re-inspired me. I’ve just had the first module submission for the year so I’ve got 3 days off (well sort of) so I’ve challenged a friend to a book off! I will get back to you on the results.

      1. Thanks Chris – yes that doesn’t sound like a bad idea. I may have to get some practice in though as I am a tad rusty to say the least!

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