As you probably know, long stitch binding differs from traditional bookbinding in that the stitching is sewn directly through the covering material, leaving the (hopefully) beautifully neat stitches exposed on the spine. Popular in the middle ages, the method has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years, and I'm starting to appreciate why. It's a reasonably simple binding, requiring very few tools, and you can see the results fairly quickly. It's also surprisingly versatile, with many variations of the style available.
|Miniature leather longstitch binding|
The popularity of the long stitch binding is evident in the number of Etsy sellers producing remarkable work in this style. There were too many to mention here, so I've whittled my selection down to the following beautiful examples:
This leather journal sketchbook by absolutelyevo demonstrates how beautiful the stitching can look. The closure mechanism is a leather wrap closure. Stunning work.
I love the stitching on this LongLink Bound Leather Notebook by ipiccolilibri which features a brown leather long as a closure mechanism.
I love the clasp closing mechanism on this Embossed Leather Journal by Coco's Creations. Beautiful leather and stitching too.
If anyone fancies having a go at long stitch binding, I found these online tutorials very helpful:
Sew Technicolor: Handbound (Faux Leather) Journal Tutorial
YouTube: Medieval limp binding
YouTube: Simple Bookbinding
Until next time, thanks for reading. Have a great week!