Long Stitch Binding with a Cross Stitch Variation Tutorial




  • 100% beginner-friendly
  • Perfect for first-time bookbinders, artists, DIYers and journal keepers
  • Carefully curated by hand-bookbinders for you

Long stitch binding is a non-adhesive binding method in which a text block gets hand-sewn to a piece of leather leaving the book’s spine exposed. This sewing method creates line and cross patterns on the spine, adding to the decorative appeal of the book.

This binding type is a good starting point for beginner bookbinders looking for a creative way to bind a journal. Long stitch binding dates back as far as the 13th century BC. Yet, still today, it remains a popular binding method due to the versatility it offers: it allows bookbinders to make books using a variety of materials (leather, fabric, paper etc.) and offers great flexibility with regards to spine design.


What You Get

You will receive 1 PDF file, 5 MB. This tutorial consists of 29 full-colored pages with 81-plus photo-instructions and illustrations.

Please note that this is an e-product. No physical product will be shipped.

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