How to Sew a Mediaeval Book
All tutorials are downloaded as an attachment PDF which is sent seperately. This is the second tutorial in my Mediaeval (Medieval) Series. It explains in detail how to sew a version of a parchment-covered book made in Estonia in 1539. It is fully illustrated with instructions, photographs and diagrams. The sewing technique, construction and method of closure remain close to the original book that was a record of timber consumption. The book can be made up easily using modern papers and materials without going to great expense. Also included is an old bookbinding technique showing how to make faux parchment for the cover. This is an interesting technique which produces different results according to the paper you use. Although the book has been made using decorative paper, it could just as easily be made with a plain parchment cover or with any strong paper. The size of the finished book is approximately 14 x 12.5 x 3 cm (5.5" x 5" x 1"). The instruction book may be printed for personal use.
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