Bookbinding

Coptic Stitch

Cut Paper
Cut Paper

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

Fold Paper
Fold Paper

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

Arrange Signatures
Arrange Signatures

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

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.

Gather Materials
Gather Materials

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

Attach Front Cover
Attach Front Cover

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

Feed Through Inside
Feed Through Inside

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

Continue
Continue
Attached Back Cover
Attached Back Cover

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

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.

Stab Binding

Cut Paper
Cut Paper

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

Gather Materials
Gather Materials

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

Prepare to Bind
Prepare to Bind

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

Punch Holes
Punch Holes

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

Stab Bind
Stab Bind

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

Continue
Continue
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.

Finished!
Finished!

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

Bookbinding Tools

Bookbinding Tools
Bookbinding Tools
Bookbinding Awls
Bookbinding Awls

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

Bookbinding Cradle
Bookbinding Cradle

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

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.

Bone Folders
Bone Folders

The are for scoring and folding papers.

Brushes
Brushes

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

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.

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.

Portfolio

Spider Web Journal
Spider Web Journal

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

Spider Web Journal
Spider Web Journal

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

Time + Time Again Journal
Time + Time Again Journal

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

Brushed Silver Journal
Brushed Silver Journal

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

Stab Bound Journal
Stab Bound Journal

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

Pierced Fire Journal
Pierced Fire Journal

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

Pierced Fire Journal
Pierced Fire Journal

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

D Ring Locked Journal
D Ring Locked Journal

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

D Ring Locked Journal
D Ring Locked Journal

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

Heavy Dreams Journal
Heavy Dreams Journal

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

Heavy Dreams Journal
Heavy Dreams Journal

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

Stab Bound Journal
Stab Bound Journal

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

In The Eyes of God Journal
In The Eyes of God Journal

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

Clear Acrylic Journal
Clear Acrylic Journal

Laser cut clear acrylic, Vellum Bristol paper, + waxed thread

Wood Journal
Wood Journal

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

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