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Because you know you want to know how books are made! ;)

So, this is still The Seventeenth Step by the amazingly talented katieforsythe

After I copied the whole body of text into Word and printed it on nice paper,

I stitched the book with flax thread. When I thought about if I should wax the thread or not, then I remembered Sussex and the bees, so beeswax it was =)

After stitching it, I glued the spine and... wah, I really don't know what it's called in English, but well, I shape the spine.

Then French headbands. I used silk thread, grey and blue for Holmes and Watson. There is a third thread that is just for tying the knots around, that you never see, and i made that red for hidden love, because I'm silly like that.

After gluing on the cover boards I measured the leather for spine and corners.

This lovely machine is a Shärf-fix, you use it to thin out the edges of the leather.

Putting on the false raised binds (direct translation from swedish, haha), and then pasting on the leather.

Then time for the paper. This, too, is silver and blue for Holmes and Watson, I made it especially for this book. (The paper on the box, which I forgot to take a good picture of befor cutting it up, is made especially for this book to, with the London fog of the 1880's as inspiration)

Making the box =)

And then, at last, this is the title printing machine <3


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 12th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
WOW...just WOW!!! O.O You're a professional!
Oct. 12th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Well, at least I hope to be. I'm still in school, on my third year by now learning historical bindings <3
Oct. 14th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
You put so much thought into your construction I must bow down in awe. The color of the thread, for heaven's sake!!! OMG. It is perfection.

The process itself is fascinating -- and in its own right, beautiful. I have a new and powerful appreciation for book binding. (And here I didn't think I could love books any more than I already did.) Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this!
Oct. 15th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! And yes, I tend to fill my bindings with ridiculous levels of meaning.. :P
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:03 am (UTC)
O.M.G.!!!! I am astounded!
Oct. 15th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thanks!
Oct. 28th, 2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
Pardon late comment - I'm here having followed the link in your first post about the book, which I got to from rabidsamfan's link. My late grandfather did bookbinding as a hobby, and from childhood one of my prized possessions was a copy of Alice in Wonderland that he had bound, so I was really interested to see this making-of post. Your work is beautiful, I love the thought and care you have put into it, and thank you for sharing it with the internet!
Oct. 28th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Late comments are love <3

How interesting! I can understand that, handbound books have a special feel to them =)

Thank you so much <3
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