Now I know why hand bound books can be expensive . . .
a lot of love goes into each one.
In order to be able to follow Anna's instructions, we had to learn some new terminology.
FOLIO: folded paper...will eventually make 2 pages
SIGNATURE: a group of folios bound together
A hand-bound book is usually made up of five or more signatures stitched together.
The paper for each folio must be cut exactly.
Then a minimum of three folios are put together to make each signature.
We bound each signature with colored rice paper, using acid free glue.
Once all off the signatures were assembled and the glue was dry, we punched them, using an awl.
Old phone books were used to both help align the paper and to protect the table beneath from all of our enthusiastic newbie punching.
We each brought old books to rebind. The front and back covers were removed with an exacto knife and the signatures sewn in. There are many types of bindings but the one Anna taught us, Coptic binding, is one of the oldest.
And, after eight hours, here is my finished book. Fussy me finished last but I was pleased with the result of my first attempt. Anna was a very patient teacher.