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Making books

My wife just made some books. Actual books. To me, this is a little bit as if she built a new television set. It's sort of like magic.

Essentially the magicprocess goes as follows. The paper is folded, then hand-stitched into groups of pages called signatures.

These separately stitched signatures are bound into essentially the inside of a book.

Then there's a cardboard cover, in three parts so as to give it a flexible spine.

This is rounded to make a proper book shape. Here are three raw books.

Then the whole assemblage is glued together. Extra sheets link the cover to the inner pages, the cover is coated in book cloth/paper, and a cover design paper is glued over the top. Et voila! Three finished books

The end result is a little blank notebook that, frankly, I'd have a hard time telling apart from one bought in a shop. And all this from nothing but paper, cardboard, fabric and glue. How cool is that?

EDIT: And here's an open book, so to speak.


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Aug. 25th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
How cool is that?


This cool. At the very least. I mean, OMFG, how does she do these things? I flail in awe. *flails*

Question: once Janet has mastered one of these awesome arts, does she move on, or keep the previous ones going whilst picking up a new one? Put another way, is she still making jewellery, or the glass art, for example, or has she "been there, done that"?
Aug. 25th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
I couldn't possibly comment... oh go on then. She does have a wee tendency to abandon the previous exciting crafty activity in favour of the shiny new one. :-)

She does go back to earlier stuff, but there's a definite flit too. She's not doing the glass stuff (to be fair, she hasn't got a glass kiln of her own!), but she's still doing some of the wire jewellery.
Aug. 26th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
She's not flitting, she's just mastering more skills in order to become some kind of arts and crafts Batman. Excellent work.
Aug. 26th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Now you've done it. She's demanding a theme tune and a sidekick.
Aug. 26th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Well, she already has the latter, presumably? I can just see you in a little Robin eye-mask...
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
Do not put ideas in Janet's head.
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