Bookbinding

Coptic Stitch

Cut Paper
Cut Paper

Cut paper with a guillotine blade into the appropriate size for your book.

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Fold Paper
Fold Paper

Fold paper in half and press the crease with the bone folder.

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Arrange Signatures
Arrange Signatures

Arrange papers into signatures (grouping of paper), this was organized by 5 papers per signature, and 5 signatures total.

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Punch Signatures
Punch Signatures

With just an awl or optional bookbinding mallet, punch holes into the crease of the signatures. This allows ease of stitching throughout.

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Gather Materials
Gather Materials

Gather your signatures, waxed bookbinding thread, a bookbinding needle, scissors, and your covers.

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Attach Front Cover
Attach Front Cover

Attach front cover with the first signature. The next signature will be stitched onto the first signature.

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Feed Through Inside
Feed Through Inside

Keep coptic stitching throughout, you will be going inside and outside consistently and through each hole you punched.

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Continue
Continue
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Attached Back Cover
Attached Back Cover

Finally attach the back cover to the last signature and finish off the thread with a knot.

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Finished!
Finished!

Coptic stitch is a decorative stitch that gives a braided look on the exposed spine. It also allows for the book to lay flat rather than bend from the spine.

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Stab Binding

Cut Paper
Cut Paper

Cut paper with a guillotine blade into the appropriate size for you book.

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Gather Materials
Gather Materials

Gather your cut paper, covers, bookbinding mallet, awl, waxed bookbinding thread, a bookbinding needle, and scissors.

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Prepare to Bind
Prepare to Bind

Thread your needle with a waxed bookbinding needle and arrange you paper in between your covers.

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Punch Holes
Punch Holes

With a bookbinding mallet and an awl, punch holes into the paper.

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Stab Bind
Stab Bind

Go back and forth stab binding, making sure you don't go over any thread twice.

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Continue
Continue
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Finish Off Bind
Finish Off Bind

Once you go over the other side and complete the entire stitch, finish off the thread with a knot.

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Finished!
Finished!

Stab binding is a type of non adhesive binding used for centuries mainly in Asia.

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Bookbinding Tools

Bookbinding Tools
Bookbinding Tools
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Bookbinding Awls
Bookbinding Awls

Awls are used to punch holes into the creases of signatures (a group of paper).

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Bookbinding Cradle
Bookbinding Cradle

A bookbinding cradle is a tool to hold the signature while you punch holes with an awl.

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Thread/Needles
Thread/Needles

You must used a waxed bookbinding thread (typically with beeswax), this helps prevent tangles. Bookbinding needles are typically thicker and slightly longer, they need to be very durable.

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Bone Folders
Bone Folders

The are for scoring and folding papers.

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Brushes
Brushes

The are brushes used for applying adhesives and for brushing any debris.

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Mallet/Screw Punch
Mallet/Screw Punch

A bookbinding mallet can be used with an awl for ease in punching holes. The screw punch can also be used to punch holes in paper or covers.

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Clips/Scissors/Rulers
Clips/Scissors/Rulers

Binder clips are used to stabilize a stack of papers together. Scissors and rulers have common and various uses.

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Portfolio

Gothic Chrome Notebook
Gothic Chrome Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, metal hardware, piercings, chain

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Gothic Chrome Notebook
Gothic Chrome Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, metal hardware, piercings, chain

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Gothic Chrome Notebook
Gothic Chrome Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, metal hardware, piercings, chain

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Wood Notebook (L)
Wood Notebook (L)

Laser cut/engraved birch wood, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Brushed Silver Notebook
Brushed Silver Notebook

Laser cut thin brushed silver, waxed thread, + Vellum Bristol paper

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Spider Web Notebook
Spider Web Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, + spider charm.

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Spider Web Notebook
Spider Web Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, + spider charm.

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Time + Time Again Notebook
Time + Time Again Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Time + Time Again Notebook
Time + Time Again Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Stab Bound Notebook
Stab Bound Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Pierced Fire Notebook
Pierced Fire Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Pierced Fire Notebook
Pierced Fire Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Pierced Fire Notebook
Pierced Fire Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Orange Cutout Notebook
Orange Cutout Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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D Ring Locked Notebook
D Ring Locked Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, lock, + chain.

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D Ring Locked Notebook
D Ring Locked Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, lock, + chain.

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D Ring Locked Notebook
D Ring Locked Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, waxed thread, lock, + chain.

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Heavy Dreams Notebook
Heavy Dreams Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Heavy Dreams Notebook
Heavy Dreams Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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Stab Bound Notebook
Stab Bound Notebook

Laser cut/engraved acrylic, white Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread.

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