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« on: February 16, 2005 10:53:15 PM »

Hey there!  I'm new posting here, but have been a lurker for what must be years?!?

So, I got the urge today to share a little project I just completed.  These are my second and third attempts ever at making handbound books.  I used a 'tape' technique, binding over the tapes, which are ribbon, with embroidery floss and then connecting to the covers.

Here they are:

The next pic shows the spines a little better:

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2005 01:55:51 PM »

Wow, those are just gorgeous. How did you connect the tapes securely to the covers? I find PVA sticks well but ruins the ribbons or doesn't stick and the ribbons look fine! Or did you attach the book through the end pages with the ribbons as decoration? Another question -- is this coptic bound? I am terrible at that stitch! Okay, now all inspired to do some binding today!


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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2005 05:01:19 PM »

Is there any way you could either post a little more descriptive way of how you bind with the tapes, or a website or book you could recommend? It looks really cool as a binding!
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2005 02:36:46 PM »

Hey Swift,

Yeah, the tapes are stuck to the outside of the covers.  I do use pva and the ribbons are sticking fine, they don't look bad either (the glue dries clear and just makes the ribbons look a little darker, but that's all).  Straight after I stick them down I cover the cover with greaseproof paper and wack it under a heavy flat weight of some kind (usually a pile of big books), and it comes out fine.  So, I don't know, maybe it's the fabric of the tapes that you are using which is resisting the glue?  These aren't coptic bound, no - I haven't been that adventurous yet!  I'm hoping to give it a shot soon though.  I don't know what you call the stitch on these but it's basically just a bunch of straight stitches over the tapes and looped around.

Hey mew,

The book I used was "Cover to Cover" by Shereen LaPlantz.  I've been looking for similar instructions online, but haven't come up with anything as yet.  I'll keep looking though and let you know.




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