So with so many bookbinding fans out there, I thought I would do a weekly roundup of some of my favorite handmade books out there on the internet, many of which I’ve conveniently rounded up on my Handmade Books + Journals Pinterest board.
This week: French Link Stitch Bindings! (it’s that lovely “X” stitch)
Â Here it is IN ACTION! – traditionally the french link stitch is used when sewing onto tapes in a traditional case binding, it gives the book a little more structure, but isn’t usually visible. Today book artists have integrated it into coptic stitch bindings to great effect. Make sure you use waxed Irish linen thread for a coptic stitch book – you can find sewing instructions for coptic stitch in this great book How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith.
French link stitch looks more complicated than it is – you simply sew underneath the previous section, crossing in an “X”. You need at least 8 signatures for the pattern to show up.
Check out this great super-detailed tutorial by Molly Brooks: