Hardbound Sketchbook Gift, A5
(more photos of the finished result right at the bottom of this post)
(There is only one rule in bookbinding:
The grain in the paper, cloth and board must run from head to tail.
City & Guilds)
I was commissioned to make this sketchbook as a gift to a friend's very gifted, artistic daughter. She loves wildlife and does beautiful sketches and paintings so I chose this lovely Japanese 'wove' paper with goldfishes. (As ever, I enjoyed the entire process from start to finish - she received it back in September.)
Separating into batches of four sheets
Decided to give her ten 'signatures'
Stitching the signatures using linen sewing tape
So far, so good
This is how it looks before it's glued and mull added. Don't worry...
Bulldogs clamp the now glued signatures to keep their shape
Folding the endpapers (correct grain direction is vital)
Bookmark ribbon added and glued
Headbanding added at each end and glued - adds a nice finish to the bookends
Mull cut to cover and reinforce the spine
Lining (red strip) added to reinforce the spine further
and bulldogs hold it all in place for a while
Final check that the book boards fit correctly
(I leave a 3-6mm overlap; usually 3mm)
And now for the scary arithmetic. Sigh….
See what I mean…!
Fitting all the boards in place on the 'quarter' fabric
(so called because it covers a quarter of the front and back boards when finished).
Before 'casing in' begins
At this point, I took it along to my very kind local printer who always guillotines the edges of my book block for a professional look. I can then start the 'casing in' process.
I completely forgot to photograph how I attached the patterned 'goldfish' paper to the boards and also how I sealed in the ribbon so it shouldn't come out - I must have been taken up with whatever I was listening to on the radio. The corners have to be cut diagonally and turned correctly so you still retain the point at each of the four corners.
The remaining photographs are simply different angles of the finished sketchbook.