Sewn Boards Binding with Sewn-In Wrapper

04/28/2021 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM ET


This variation on the Sewn Boards Binding is based on a model by Gary Frost in the University of Iowa Library. Before sewing, a long strip of card is hinged around the one of the card folios that start and end the book. The stub faces out. After sewing, the card strip is folded around the fore edge of the card folio it is hinged around, across the spine of the book, folded again at the fore edge of the second card folio, and rests inside that folio. A spine lining provides support. The structure provides quick, low-adhesive protection for a text that cannot wait for a more formal binding. The wrapper can unfold as a wide panorama, presenting book arts possibilities. 

This is an interediate-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

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

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

  • 32 folios 70# text, 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"
  • 25/3 thread
  • #18 needle
  • Cardstock punching template, 6.25 x 3"