Binding a French Groove Book, Pt. 4
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Appendix (video)
Step the ninth: Time to put the cover on! This is the most nerve-wracking step by far. You’ve put in tons of hard work on all the pieces, and if it goes wrong, you’ll cry. That’s how I feel every time. Anyway, my best advice to you is this—let it be a learning process. Each book is practice, and you’ll improve every time you make a new one. Disclaimer aside, it’s really quite simple. You glue up the exposed board of one cover. Then slip a piece of waste paper under the top end page, glue up its edges. Remove the waste paper, center up the text block on the unglued cover, and then hold it in place while you lift up the glued cover and press it down. Repeat for the other side.
Because photos don’t quite do this step justice, here’s a video.
The final product: A cute little french groove book made with luscious Florentine paper, sexy silk book cloth, and completed with custom headbands. *love it*
Want more details? Check out the full album with lots o’ fun captions. I’ll be adding more pics there and here as I finish up the book.