Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bookmaking IV: Cut Fabric Tapes for Spine

IV. Now we cut fabric strips, called tapes (traditionally made of linen, but here of denim from old blue jeans). The tapes will function to attach the book block (pile of papers folded in half) to the covers.

1. Cut the fabric into tapes about 1/4 inch wide and long enough to wrap around the spine and onto the fron of the book. Cut enough tapes to space them every 1 or 2 inches.
(Sorry, this futureland is nonmetric, because your American guide is a hopeless nonstarter in math.)

2. Attach the tapes to the edge of the table with masking tape, to hold them in place. We'll be punching sewing-guide holes around each fabric tape, so

3. mark with pencil on either side of the fabric. Also mark entry/exit holes about 1/4 inch in from the edge of the paper.

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