Long Stitch

I just tried making my first long stitch books.

long

I used the instructions in Keith Smith’s book called Non-Adhesive Binding, Vol. 1: Books without Paste or Glue. Its a remarkably comprehensive book, and the first few chapters are downright poetic, the way he talks about books.

I’m happy with my results. They are rough, but there are first attempts. I’ll get better as I experiment with materials and processes. I think I like the binding on the red one better. The basic long stitch on the black one is functional, but ends look messy where the thread crosses from one signature to the next. I’m not a neat freak, but I like the neatness of the red book much better.