The final project in my Intermediate bookbinding class at the Falmouth Community school was a long stitch binding. This old German binding uses no glue to hold the pages in, instead the pages are sewn directly onto the cover.
All of the books look really neat, especially when put in a row together.
Here, Dodi is adjusting the thread tension on the finished book so that the spacing will be even.
Here Skye is using her awl to put the finishing touches on her book, smoothing out the spine where the thread comes through the cover.
Everyone did a great job – I brought a huge variety of odds and ends in paper from my studio so that people could create their own covers. All of the books came out really nice.