Make: Long Stitch Leather Bound Book Dummy

Did I ever tell you I dig bookbinding? I learned from Claire Cowie a variety of stitch patterns from the simple 5-hole pamphlet stitch to a very fancy looking Romanesque Braid Bind. That class enlivened a desire to try something new.

One big idea Claire taught us is that the most successful makers do a trial run before committing to a design. This trial run is typically known as a dummy. It’s important to practice with the same or very similar materials so that you have a very clear picture of how individual elements will work together and what the finished product will look like. I have a very strong idea of what I want to make with my final book, but this time around we’re going to practice with a simpler idea: a bound book about book binding. [Much like my Onsie Onsie idea, no?]

Just because a dummy is a dummy doesn’t make it dumb. You can quote me on that, lol. Oftentimes they turn into great looking books in their own right so I compiled all the information on binding I could find in a hurry into a document and set it to print in booklet style. If you ain’t got time for that, just grab about some plain copy paper, also known as bond.

I was inspired to long stitch by Youtube crafter, Sea Lemon. I enjoyed following along the video but found myself doing a lot of pausing so I thought I’d put together a tutorial of stills.


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