This weekend I am at SMU in Dallas teaching at the DeGolyer Bookbinding Conference. I was very surprised to be asked to come and share my “embroidery as binding” technique with this wonderful group of fine art binders. Please follow the link – their work is amazing!
I have been teaching a maple binding pattern in workshops for about a year, but this event is a challenge because the workshops are quite short at 2.5 hours, so I modified the pattern to a smaller, single leaf version for this group.
I am trying to put together a book of my binding patterns and so I have not put any of them online yet, but now I have taught this particular pattern several times, so it is already loose in the world and I thought now might be the moment to post a free tutorial.
If you’d like to give it a try you will need:
A text block, 88 sheets of 80lb text weight paper sized 7.5″ h x 9″ w, folded and collated into 11 signatures
2 boards 7.5″ x 4.75-5″
Decorative paper to cover each board
Paste or glue and a glue brush
Decorative ribbon or tapes for sewing
Colored linen thread or embroidery cotton
2 blunt sewing needles
This downloadable PDF: small maple pattern
Step 1: use the decorative paper to cover the boards.
Step 2: cut the punching template from the handout. You will need to add two stations based on the width of your ribbons or tapes. Lay the ribbon next to the second mark at the head and tail. Mark a sewing station next to the tape\ribbon and another .25″ from that mark.
Step 3: punch all the signatures!
Step 4: sewing on the bench, using two needles to sew the head and tail simultaneously, attach the ribbons using a French link stitch and two kettles on the 4 sewing stations at the head and tail.
Step 4: beginning on the one inside of signature 2, station B follow the sewing diagram, according to the handout.
The version I created had room to sew the pattern twice, but the finished sewing should look like this! If you’d like to try the double pattern – this is the sewing pattern: maple binding but you will need to create your own template for punching the signatures.
Finally to attach the covers you can glue down the decorative ribbons to the cover, and if you like you can trim the front page down and glue it down like an end sheet.
And you are done!!