Level 5 Induction 3 : Hard Cover Multi-Section with Embossed Design.
This is the most conventional book structure of the three that we look at in L5 inductions so why not jazz it up a bit with some textured artwork on the cover. The embossing is optional though. You can just make the book without it.
We are going to sew four sections with the French link stitch, add coloured endpapers and make a cloth covered (embossed) cover to finish. The hardest part is at the end when you stick the cover to the pages.
You should have all the materials and equipment that you need for this on your desk. If anything is missing please see the technician.
Start by folding paper into sections:
This makes a section of 16 pages. You will need four sections all together so fold another three in the same way.
2. Make a template for the sewing holes:
3. Make the sewing holes in each section:
4. Sew the pages together: you will need 100cm of thread and a needle. Sew with single thread. See video of sewing – French link stitch.
5. Press the pages in the nipping press:
6. Glue the spine: Take the book and boards out of the press and back to your workspace. You will also need PVA glue, a small brush and a heavy weight. These should all be on your workbench. See video:
7. Whilst the glue is drying, prepare two endpapers:
Use the two coloured sheets of paper on your bench – fold them each in half and press the fold with a bone folder. (They should be about the same size as your pages) See video below- attaching endpapers.
8. Cut the edges of the pages – take your book and piece of grey board to the technician at the guillotine for cutting.
9. Make the spine stronger with a piece of mull(open weave fabric a bit like bandage material):
10. Art work the cover(s)
11. Stick boards to cover cloth:
You will need: PVA and decorators roller tray, bookcloth, foam, thin non stick (silicone paper), heavy non stick paper, pencil, pressing boards, press.
Video: embossing process for front cover:
Put the boards etc into the MIDDLE of the nipping press. Squeeze the press as tight as you can and leave for 3 mins. Then remove from press and admire your work!
13. If you have embossing on the back cover repeat the process with the foam. Otherwise, stick the board in place, again with a 8mm gap from the spine.
15. Video – finish the cover in the same way as the Swiss binding:
17. Video – Casing In. Glueing the pages to the cover with PVA. Watch the video first and rehearse the moves as this can be quite tricky.
18. Press the book with foam to protect the embossing. Leave to dry in the press for as long as possible.
Tidy up your workspace. Put your rubbish in the bin.