Long Stitch Binding With A Chain Stitch Variation Tutorial




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  • Perfect for first-time bookbinders, artists, DIYers and journal keepers
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Long stitch binding is a popular bookbinding method in which a text block gets hand-sewn to a piece of leather using a singular thread line. This sewing method creates visible long and chain stitch patterns on the spine. It is estimated that this type of binding originated in Germany during the 13th century BC.

This binding style can easily be adapted to create crosses and other patterns on the spine, adding to the decorative appeal of the book. In this tutorial, we illustrate how to make an A5-sized long stitch notebook with a chain stitch variation (book measurements: 14.8 x 21cm / 5.8 x 8.3″). This tutorial provides a good foundation for beginner bookbinders interested in the long stitch binding style.). Furthermore, we illustrate how to measure the fabric in order to create a fold over flap, and we then hand-stitch a book belt to the flap.


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You will receive 1 PDF file, 4.8 MB. This tutorial consists of 30 full-colored pages with 85-plus photo-instructions and illustrations.

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