Bookbinding Class

Learning to make books at HSS

Yesterday we had the pleasure of teaching bookbinding to a wonderful group from Wieden+Kennedy (graciously hosted by Yahoo). We made a sewn text block that attached to the decorative cover via ribbons sewn onto the spine. Here are some of the steps we went through to make the books:

Class members prepare materials. bookbinding_class_portland

Paper is folded into signatures (six signatures of four sheets each.)


Holes are poked with an awl into each signature where the thread will be sewn through.


Class members sew signatures with waxed linen thread.


A lovely example of the finished text block:


A decorative cover is scored and sliced to create the slots for the ribbons to go through:

scoring_cover_ ribbons_through_cover

Ribbons are then pulled through the book spine, and tied into knots or bows to hold the book together.


The class, with Michelle and assistant Kortni show off their finished books!


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