Sewn Boards 1987 Prototype

06/23/2021 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM ET


This variation on the Sewn Boards Binding is based on Gary Frost's first prototype. It is held in University of Iowa Library Historical Bookbinding Model Collection. A quick and utilitarian notebook, the outer card folios are glued shut, the spine lined, and a breakaway spine wrapper is added while covering the book in sturdy bookcloth. This is an intermediate-level workshop. Students should be making sewn books independently, outside a workshop setting. Librarians, designers and similar book professionals with limited hands-on experience are also welcome. Ages 18 and up.


Required - 

  • PVA glue
  • Bone or teflon folder
  • Self-healing cutting mat, 9x12"
  • Metal ruler or straightedge, 12"
  • X-acto, scalpel, or olfa knife and few extra blades
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Beeswax for sewing
  • Small glue brush
  • Large glue brush

Optional - 

  • Microscpatula, Talas #TTB002001 or similar
  • Dividers, an inexpensive set from Talas #TTB033004
  • Square with base, Talas #TTB041001, or some device to keep text block and boards square
  • Punching cradle, insturctions to make one here
  • "Paper Rulers" strips of 1/2" wide to use for quick measuring when ruler is awkward or unnecessary
  • Stencil brush
  • A pair of gluing up boards: scrap book board the height of the text block and a little narrower, one of the long edges of both covered in clear packing tape
  • Two clean pressboards a few inches larger in each dimension than the workshop book
  • A nipping press

Materials - unless noted, all materials are grain direction parrallel to the spine

  • 32 folios 70# text, unfolded size 6.25 x 8.5"
  • 2 endsheet folios, text weight, unfolded size 6.25 x 8.5"
  • 2 card outer folios, 10 or 20 pt folder stock, unfolded size 6.25 x 8.5"
  • Arches text or heavy tissue spine lining, 6.5 x 1"
  • Spine stiffener, 20 pt card, 6.5 x 2"
  • Spine wrapper 10 pt card, 6.5 x 2"
  • Bookcloth, 8 x 11"
  • Fences, 20 pt card, 2 @ 7 x 5"
  • 25/3 thread
  • #18 needle
  • Cardstock punching template, 6.25 x 3"