What my message was is that I'm struggling with case-binding/hard-backed books. I can't get the measurement between the cover boards and the spine boards right. On my last book, it was too wide, so it gapes. I'm going to experiment next time and see how it fairs with a smaller gap, but if you or any of your other lovely followers knew of any tips, tricks, or tutorials, I'd be extremely grateful!
Hi! I honestly have no idea cause I’ve never done case binding, it’s too hard! But hopefully somebody would give you some tips?
I can help with that! It feels a little silly to break it into steps, but I think this is more clear than my original rambling note:
Step 1: Correct Width for Spine Board
Width of text block spine + two board widths
Step 2: Width of Gaps Between Spine & Cover Boards
Approximately 1/4” on either side of the spine board.
That should give you good results pretty much every time. I do have a few very rough tutorials/handouts I made for the book arts class I teach. Here’s the one on a variety of cover structures. This was my first go at handouts, so forgive the amateurish presentation. I tried my best!
Aww no, breaking it into steps is really helpful! And handouts are good to follow as well. Thank you for the tips.
Your blog is another seriously lovely one. I think my dash is going to be full of books for a while. =)
#very helpful people!
#answered my call for help!
What type of paper do you use to bookbind?
130 gsm recycled cartridge paper. I like that it’s slightly off-white, and it’s what some of my friends use. It’s slightly easier to work with than the 140 gsm regular cartridge paper I’ve tried with before.
I get it from Seawhites, which supplies a lot of schools and universities with sketchbooks, paper, other art supplies in the UK. (I’m lucky enough to be in driving distance of their factory shop. Or unlucky enough, if you ask my savings balance.)
Bookbinding is actually something I’m fairly new to. I’ve tried a few times in the last couple of years, and I’m slowly working out the kinks in my process to get neater results.
THAT is some beautiful fabric, can I ask where did you got it?
=) Sure you can! There’s this really cute shop in The Old Needlemakers in Lewes called The Patchwork Dog and Basket. That won’t get you very far unless you live in Sussex, but the names are too good not to share.
What’ll be of more use is telling you it’s a “Liberty” design. I’m trying to find it online—but there are so, so many patterns!
…Which is probably going to result in me buying tons more fabric.
You could have a look in quilting shops where you live.
[b]Edit:[/b] First one on this page here! There’s other colour ways, too!
zestydoesthings said: OH THE GREEN AND BLUE AND CREAM ONE IS DELICIOUS
Is that the second one in from the left?
It’s actually three tones of blue (though the lightest is slightly sky blue) and then gold. That doesn’t communicate well in photos.
Definitely one of my favourite papers (and one I will be getting again!) It’s so yummy (but smells like oil paint or marker pens or something very potent when you first buy it!)
So guys, the reason I haven’t got the giveaway prepared yet!
These past four days, I’ve put my personal bookbinding on the back burner, because I was offered work for a few days with the stationary company Sukie. The work is adorable and I’ve admired and desired their products for a number of years, so, of course, I jumped at the opportunity to work with them! (I’ve been a massive stationary dork since I was only a few feet high.)
It was a lot of fun, and it was great spending time with a working illustrator, and hearing about the wholesale side of the business.
And their studio was so bright, with massive windows. Which made it a bit chilly, too. But what an environment!
This is their Not on the High Street shopfront, where you can see more of what they do!
Now I think the giveaway won’t have long enough for the last international posting dates. I’m going to set it up to run over the festive period, and post them once things have calmed down for the postal services in the new year (things are more likely to get lost over Christmas!) But I haven’t forgotten about it, and I’m looking forward to getting it up.
This is my unholy bookbinding mess.