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Re: Sewing recommendation requests



Dave,
Practice with a punching template that has each coptic stitch placed  1/8"
above the one preceding it; this will give a diagonal line across the spine
edge.  You will no doubt erupt with further ideas from this
tidbit of information.  You might want to check out some of the photos in
Keith Smith's books.
Yay, Books!
Susan Lightcap
-----Original Message-----
From: David J. Lawrence <lawrence@DHC.NET>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, October 19, 1999 8:59 AM
Subject: Sewing recommendation requests


>I have recently acquired a 1000+ page, 31 signature book that (unbound)
already weighs 8
>pounds. I want to bind it in the Coptic style with two boards of quilted
maple -- very
>dense & heavy wood (not to mention sinfully beautiful). That should add a
couple of
>pounds, plus any decoration I might decide to add to the boards and/or
spine.
>
>So here's the part about the recommendations request:
>
>   1. Since the book weighs *so* much, the number of signatures,
>      and this unsupported sewing, what kind of thread ought I
>      consider using that would be both strong enough to hold
>      the book together securely and fine enough not to swell
>      the spine too far out of whack?
>
>I will plane down the inside of the boards at the spine & that will
accommodate some
>swelling, but want to make sure I don't end up with a spine that's an inch
thicker than it
>already is. Oh . . . also planning on it having headbands a la "Headbands &
How to Work
>Them", adding wrapping bands to the book, and sewing a leather wallet for
it, so those
>should help secure/stabilize it some -- but mostly while closed. Last thing
I want to do
>is spend all this time on sewing and then have the boards fall off & the
book come apart!
>
>
>   2. Are there any sources for ideas for decorative
>     (i.e., patterned) sewings for Coptic beside just the
>     plain Jane straight rows across the spine?
>
>Looking forward to your replies. --Dave.
>
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