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Re: [BKARTS] Mulling it over



----- Original Message -----
From: "Gavin Stairs" <stairs@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: Mulling it over


> No Ed, I mean threading.  My hand made trade books are not sewn by hand,
> but by Singer sewing machine.  The result is a slightly raised area where
> the threads and pierced holes show, and where the thread ends, un-knotted,
> project slightly.  This area is higher than the undisturbed fold of the
> sheets at either end.  When I glue up, I am left with a small void at
> either end, where the PVA has shrunk away from the paper cover.  This is
> not a mechanical problem, except for a slight weakness in the head where
it
> may be pulled to get a book out of a shelf.
>
> I do not say sewing, because that would imply to some people the hand
> sewing that is the problem in traditionally bound books, and draw
attention
> to the operation of sewing, whereas the problem is with the threads which
> project no matter how they are placed.  The problem is greater than just
> the kettle stitches not being sufficiently beaten down.  There is an
> inherent tangle of stitchery and knots that interferes with the smooth
> backing desired for finishing the back and lettering.  As Betty's
reference
> from Edith Diehl indicated, super helps to smooth this out by trapping
glue
> and defining a smooth surface under the paper lining.
>
> My note had reference to two problems, in some ways distinct.  The
> traditional use and properties of super and glue, and my own idiosyncratic
> problem with a non-standard binding technique.  I was talking about the
> problems of projecting threads in both cases, so I used the nominative
term
> thread rather than the operative word sew.
>
> Gavin
>
> At 10:02 AM 10/05/2004 -0400, you wrote:
> >Gavin,
> >
> >By "threading, do you mean "sewing?"  If you are speaking sewing then I
think
> >you are having troubles with your kettle stitches showing. You may either
> >flatten them with a backing hammer or like many 19th century bookbinders
saw a
> >kerf in the back of the text-block to accommodate the kettle stitches.
> >
> >Ed
> >
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>  MDE - Innovation 2004: An International Bookbinding Design Competition
>                        60,000 Euro in total prizes
>               Full information at <http://www.mde2004.org/>
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>
>
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                       60,000 Euro in total prizes
              Full information at <http://www.mde2004.org/>
            E N T R Y  D E A D L I N E  -- J U N E 1, 2 0 0 4


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