Collection by Jordan Kushins



For those who adore the beauty of a blank-page-in-waiting, behold! The incredible allure of a hardback book you make yourself is just too damn much to resist.

This project was inspired by a friend, Daniel Tadiarca. Daniel is the kind of guy for whom crafts come easy. He shared his vast maker knowledge with me and helped me with this how-to.

Your supplies! The good thing about stocking up is that most of these purchases will last you through a few hardbacks.
Making a signature.
Take an extra sheet of (folded) paper whose spine is the same length as your signature.
Line the template up against each signature and use the awl to poke holes at each mark that you've made, all along the...
Measure out a length of thread that is as long as the spine times the number of signatures you plan to have.
Tie a knot near to the end of your thread, leaving a couple inch-long tail.
Line up the next signature on top of the first.
When you get to the last hole, secure the first signature to the second by tying a close knot between the tail you left...
Begin the process again, attaching signature three to two.
Almost there! Thread the needle through the slack you left in the previous step.
Pull the needle through, taut (it's still slack here to orient where the thread should be), and you're dunzo. Phew.
Here's your book block, all kettle-stitched together and looking damn good.
Clamp the book block between two pieces of hard board with just a little of the spine sticking out.
While the spinal glue is drying, it's time to start working on the cover. This pic shows a few steps.
Flip your gluey boards over onto the paper side of your cover and press the material firmly to get rid of any...
Brush glue along the remaining edges and fold over. Set this aside to dry flat.
And now, back to the book block: Take your loosely woven cloth and cut a swatch that is just shy of the length of your...
After that strip of cloth has dried, take your book block out and have a look, You're almost there! Slip a sheet of wax...
Now, remember those endsheets you set aside waaay back at the beginning of this project? It's time to bring 'em back.
When the endsheets are dry, brush glue onto the enddsheet (it's helpful to do one side and then the other, rather than...

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