French Link Stitch

For my birthday, my sister gave to me some books on bookbinding:

Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms

Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books

The later title includes instructions on making several different types of books including sewing up a text block using “French Link Stitch”. (Actually I just checked and both books have instructions for this technique, but I think the “Little Book” is easier to follow, although “Making Handmade Books” has more suggestions for how to add covers.)

I’d seen this technique in photos online and wanted to try it, so I followed the directions and now I have four nice text blocks sewn using the French link stitch. It’s a lovely stitching pattern all by itself.

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I’m quite happy with the results. Thanks sis.