Book with Broken Spine (part 2)

First I removed the end paper from the spine. Seems like “first, do no harm” is not an option today.

The hinge is broken and a curly edged piece was attached to the cheesecloth. I removed it but now wonder if I can use that for the repair or should I use the single stitch binder tape?

While I contemplate that, I know that the end paper coming off the back board will have to be glued so I mixed library glue with water to make a light adhesive.

Those things have to dry first before I can complete the rest of repair, so — patience. I did experiment with ironing the material that had been attached to the cheesecloth. It was easier to straighten than I anticipated.

It came out really nice and flat. But when I rewatched the video on single stitch binder tape, I realized that the reason this broke is that this material was not strong enough to hold such a large text block. I think it would be best to finish the repair with the binding tape.

Stay tuned.

Library Book with Broken Spine

If I kept looking, I knew I would find one of these “over-size” (coffee table) books with problems. At last, I found a lovely book about origami that has sadly taken leave of its spine.

A small search revealed that I needed single stitch binder tape. What is that?

First, a video of how this might pan out. (It’s scary starting out with more destruction required).

I love the above video and the evident care taken to repair the book (by Sonoma County Book Repair Series). For a shorter demo of a similar repair, see below (by Demco).

And yes, it seems like the initial step is to commit to putting the book under the knife. But first, I have to order some single-stitch bookbinder tape.

These pages are clearly in trouble. They’re stitched. They’ve separated. They need help. #IdahoArtEducationAssociation