This was a session I was really looking forward to. I had seen these booklets of Mannschaft, for The Stedelijk Museum. These booklets were meant for scholars, and needed to be able to take quite a beating. If I remember correctly, they used perfect binding, as well as stitched binding. Seeing those techniques used was interesting, but now I’d discover how it was done!

First we started with the five-stitch-bind. With a strong needle and some cotton thread, one would saw all the pages together, effectively making a booklet.

Afterwards we learnt the staple-binding method, which as the name says, simply uses staples.

For the session we needed to bring coloured paper, and book binding screws. It was time to use those as well. We used the French fold, a method of printing or using A4 sheets, folding them in such a way, that it seems double sided A5. This is a great method to create a double sided booklet, when one only prints on A4. Sadly the screws I’d bought were too long, and the booklet was very “loose”.

Lastly the perfect-bind was shown and taught to us. A strip of glue is heated to the spine, and keeps the pages together. This is all done by a machine, and I found the final result look very  nice.

Even though it was done by a machine, my booklet didn’t turn out very well.

Out of all these methods I like the five-stitch-bind the most, it looks very “cute” and I could see it used for gifts.

Published on November 30, 2011

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November 30, 2011

Ok.. nice!.. if you want to improve your bookbinding.. check this out: A friend of mine wrote that, i made several books this way (with several improvements though).. pretty easy if you done it once..


November 30, 2011


Wow thanks. That's an amazing site, and very well explained from what I can see. I'd love to use this method sometime, now let's wait for a project where it would be usable!

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