Bookbinding Tutorial Part One - Making and Preparing the Signatures





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Published on May 6, 2012

For Part 2 A, click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnH22q...

Finally!!! I hear you cry. lol I have been promising these videos for months. Firstly, I just want to let you know that anyone can make a book. I am not a book making expert. I did not go to classes or do a course to learn how to make books. I'm self taught and am still learning with every book I make. So some of my books come out perfect and sometimes I make mistakes when making books......which you will see from these videos, lol. I could have very easily erased the mistakes I made, but I purposely kept them in so you will see that mistakes happen, I learn from them but that even when making mistakes, you can adjust your technique and still have a beautiful hand bound book at the end. So basically, what I'm trying to say is don't think when you see the title of this video that you won't be able to do it and immediately right it off. ANYONE and, I mean anyone can make a book. My youngest brother made his very own journal from start to finish with my supervision of course. In fact he had just turned 10 years old at the time, so id a ten year old can make a book, so can you. He did everything, from sewing the pages to binding the book. Once you get through these tutorials you will wonder why you never made a book before. There are no fancy tools or items you need to buy and each stage is actually very simple to do. So please do give these tutorials a chance and you will see how easy it really is to make your very own book. Bookbinding isn't an impossible task, its just requires patience and the willingness to have a go.

For the signatures/pages: Regular copier paper
Tools: Awl, pokey tool or paper piercing tool for punching holes. Not essential, you can use a needle or even a thumb tack.
Sewing: Waxed linen thread (you can buy unwaxed & use a candle or bees wax to wax your own) or just use any strong thread you own.
Needle: You can buy Bookbinding needles but I also use a large embroidery or darning needle and remove the pointy tip.
Book Covers: For this particular book I used 2mm Mount Board. It is predominantly used by photographers on the back of photos and frames therefore it is a bit more expensive than just plain chipboard. Mount Board is basically just chipboard with white coated paper on both sides. But because its more expensive, I tend to now buy just regular 2mm chipboard. But honestly, you can use cereal boxes or any packaging if you want. Just glue a few pieces together to make it thicker and they work perfectly fine for book covers.
Glue: PVA white Glue
Bone Folder: Essential tool in my opinion but if you don't have one, use the side of a ruler or scissors. But a bone folder is a wonderful tool for bookbinding
Clamps: You can use any clamps, bulldog clips etc. A book press is even better, but these clamps are the cheaper alternative.

Sit back and enjoy these tutorials. If you have any questions at all or if there is any part that you are not clear on or I need to explain better, please pm me or leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you out.

3 hole pamphlet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3Ru6...
4 hole pamphlet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=937rW...
Wrap around journal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV_ov...

Toodles Noodles, Lee x


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