The November workshop was presented by Michele Kamprath. She taught the French Stitch binding for use on a 10 signature journal that was 4 ¼ inches by 5 ½ inches. The covers were also paper (8 ½ by 5 ½ inches folded in half).
Generally, the French Stitch is used when sewing onto tapes in a traditional case binding. This gives the book a little more structure, but isn’t usually visible as it is hidden under the spine. Today book artists have integrated it into exposed bindings. We used the French Stitch with a kettle stitch at the end of each signature to give the book stability.
|Michele Kamprath brought several samples for us.|
|We started by folding our covers and signatures. Then, using the sewing cradle and a jig, we put holes in the covers and signatures.|
|We used a kettle stitch at the end of each signature and did the French stitch between.|
|This is how the interior of each signature looked.|
|Michele helped as needed.|
|After finishing the signatures, we sewed through the cover and tied off our stitches.|
|Here are samples of the covers and a peek at the French stitch on the exposed spine.|
|Wow! That's more than a few French stitched spines.|