springback binding project: spine linings, thin boards, spine stiffener

For this next installment of the springback binding tutorial, I must begin by apologizing for my neglect. I sped through consolidating the spine, rounding the text block, applying a Japanese tissue lining, and sewing endbands without stopping to snap pictures. Below is a quick overview of those processes before the images resume:

  • To consolidate the text block, I applied a mix of PVA and methyl cellulose to the spine of the book after carefully ensuring that the sections of the book were jogged into place at the head of the book and that the book was square (you can use a metal triangle butted up against the spine, head, tail, and fore edge to check the position.) You can also use a reversible wheat starch paste for this step.
  • Next, I formed the spine into a rounded shape using a bookbinding hammer. I applied a thin Japanese tissue lining to the spine of the book to help maintain this shape while I sewed endbands to the head and tail of the book.
  • I used a two-color endband sewing pattern with the bead formed on the front, following the helpful diagrams from Jane Greenfield and Jenny Hille's book Headbands: How to Work Them