I’ve always been interested in the super ornate decorative bookbinding technique called the Caterpillar stitch – it looks like it sounds – actually, it looks a bit more like a centipede…but bleeegghhhh centipedes are so gross! I’d rather say it looks like a caterpillar! Anyway, for an upcoming gardening themed book I’m making as a special commission I thought it would be neat to integrate a caterpillar! I used this helpful caterpillar stitch tutorial video by Mike Commons
Here’s part one of my Caterpillar binding efforts – I decided to try it out on raw book board because I thought it would look neat and it was handy. I am not sure if I’m doing it right, but I thought I’d sew up the book using coptic stitch as usual except for the sewing stations that I’m going to have the caterpillar “cross” the spine on.
Stay tuned for Part 2!