Signature Designs & Stitching Ideas

Blue Woven Signature Sewing Pattern by Dymphie M

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Headband / Endband Gallery

green brown headband on leather spine

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12. Making Bookbinding Headbands Tutorial


Headbanding is the process of strengthening the head of a book. This is done by the sewing a cord onto the backbone behind the boards, which secures the signatures together more firmly. The result is a stronger binding construction, and even the backbone can be prevented from damage.

A good video introduction into creating and sewing headbands can be found in this YouTube playlist.
Well worth a watch before reading the rest of this tutorial. Enjoy!

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11. Making Split Cover Boards for Larger Books

Split Cover Boards Example

Split cover boards are used for heavy books with several signatures so that the construction remains solid and an adequate level of support can be provided. Figure 200 shows a split board that comprises of a mull and the endsheet placed in between a thick and thin piece of board. These board layers are used for stiffening purposes and conceal the mull and the endsheets between them.

Cut four pieces of boards that are equal in size; two of them should be thin, and the other two should be thick.  Apply some paste onto the mull; place tapes over it, and apply paste onto them as well as shown in figure 201. Fold the taped up mull onto the endsheet, and press it firmly as shown in figure 202.

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