Needles. Most folks start out in binding just using whatever is handy - I did. Cheaper the better, whatever the weather, whatever the project - not a priority. A retired binder mentioned early on that a lack of attention to my needles would change the way I work and develop poor habits and unflattering books … Continue reading Let’s talk needles.
Many of the notebooks, recipebooks, fieldbooks, diaries, weather journals, flight logs, memoirs, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and albums I repair were never intended by the author to last beyond their lifetime. Perhaps the expense folks outlay to repair, conserve and protect them might even horrify the owner that their mess, musings and written debris are attracting so … Continue reading NOTES THAT LAST
I am often asked to rebind favourite stories into volumes worthy of inheritance. Perhaps as a birth gift, a wedding gift, or any number of other wonderfully creative motivations. It is a part of my job that I particularly love, as it is about preparing for the future and showing your family how much stories … Continue reading Choosing a book to rebind
I use mostly rice starch paste for new binds, and JinShofu wheat starch paste for repairs.Because I am soooo impatient with cooking up the paste by hand on the stove, I succumbed - it's time to experiment with the 'new-fangled' microwave.I tried (as you can see by the pics) initially to replace the standard stove-top measurements … Continue reading hastey-pastey
I often need to match fonts.Luckily, I have some great online tools to help me.Sometimes it is to match a favourite book,to print a custom flyleaf in a new binding,something special on a commissioned box or book, orprint a title page or spine for an archival box.I use a few different websites to do this, … Continue reading What the font?!
My paper order from Griffen Mill in Ireland has arrived, and I am so happy, as it means I can complete some repairs works that have been waiting a looooooong time for the right paper match, and my confidence to increase in learning about period paper matching, choosing it from afar. There is no better … Continue reading **It feels like Christmas today**
As co-incidence would have it, I have heard or read four people this week remark that they are too scared to draw or write in their new leather journal. So, I thought it timely to add a few thoughts..A blank journal is the only waste.Until you write upon it, in your own hand,it is not … Continue reading "HELP – MY NEW LEATHER JOURNAL IS TOO NICE TO WRITE IN"
Why are the spines of many older and hand bound books rounded? How is it done?I'll briefly explain Rounding, and Backing and why it's done, then link here some videos of binders I admire who can show you the various processes in action.(no point reinventing the wheel - these binders really know their stuff)Why round?If you look … Continue reading ROUNDING & BACKING ~ a post especially for Beth
Students and bookbinding beginners often ask the question about their work..greetingcardsresource.com"Why is my paper buckling like ribbon?""Why won't my sewn books open properly?""Why don't the pages turn nicely?""Why does the paper crack and warp when I fold it?""Why do my prints constantly jam the machine?"The likely culprit is the grain of your paper running in the wrong … Continue reading PAPER GRAIN FRIDAY ~ TOP TIP FOR BEGINNER BOOKBINDERS
A couple of customers have asked me about ‘LAID PAPER’. I sometimes offer it in my custom journals, and the name intrigues. The answer is a matter of history, and of traditional skill. Before the machine age took over, paper was made by hand, sheet by sheet, using nothing but water, and ground bark, grasses, linen or … Continue reading PAPER FRIDAY ~ LAID, OR WOVE?