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Re: Sewn Pamphlets

In response to Jennifer's request for ways to dress up pamphlet wrote:

1)  Sew a one signauture pamphlet with the knot on the outside of the
binding and hang charms or beads off it.  The knot doesn't have to be
in the center - punch the sewing holes so the knot is close to the top
of the book.  The charms could be small plastic cooking utensils.  Check
craft stores and bead shops.

2)  Make a hard cover pamphlet book with decorative paste paper or
commercial decorative paper.  My experience is that tipped on endpapers
are better than folding the endpapers as part of the signature.  When the
endpapers are folded around the signature, they tend to pull away an tear
at the spine.

3)  Turn a one signature pamphlet into a two signature pamaphle book with
the paper cover sandwiched (no pun intended) in between.  This has a nice
dressy spine.  It also opens easier than a very fat single signature

4)  I saw a wonderful hybrid of a multiple signature/side sewn book at
the Book Arts Collection at the University of Washington (Seattle) that
was great.  Three signatures sewn onto a concertina spine, spacers
inbetween the concertina so that the spine and foreedge of the book were
even.  Then construct 1 or 2 cover(s) (depending on if there is a spine)
with a nice *wide* hinge so the cover opens fully back onto the spine.
Side sew through the covers and concertina/spacer.  The cover opens fully
and the signatures fold over themselves.

5)....There must be someone out there with a 5th idea!  Put your thinking
caps on!


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