Three Case Styles for Three Book­bind­ings with Priscilla Spitler – Day 4

Today, our last day, began with some hot stamping by Priscilla. I’m really glad that we didn’t do this ourselves – that stamp thingie is scary!


As I mentioned earlier, our quarter case binding includes a printed text block – the stamping on the spine was the title of the book.


After the spine was stamped, it was time to case in the half cloth binding. I was still scared of this part of the process, but thankfully, it went off without a hitch.


Into the press.


Next, it was time to finish up the quarter flatback binding. This was tricky – you had to make sure that everything was oriented correctly (it’s a printed text).


We started with the infill…


…followed by the gluing of the cover paper using a jig (once again, making sure the pattern was aligned). This was another paste paper created by Priscilla.


Then came the counterfill on the inside of the cover and finally, casing in. I was more comfortable casing in at this point, although I was concerned about positioning my text block upside down. Thankfully, no errors were made during casing in – woohoo!

Here it is – my completed book:


I’m thrilled that I was able to successfully execute three case bindings with no major mishaps! This was definitely a class worth taking.

4 Responses to “Three Case Styles for Three Book­bind­ings with Priscilla Spitler – Day 4”

By Jayne Buckley Sykes - 5 June 2014 Reply

Elissa, simply beautiful work! Thanks for the tutorials.

By Elissa - 5 June 2014 Reply

Jayne –

Thanks! Aside from the subtle differences in the paste paper covers, everyone’s books looked the same by the end of the class. I’m glad that we were told to put our initials in our books so that I could be sure that I had my own to take home.


By Andrew - 10 June 2014 Reply

Priscilla always does amazing workshops. I’m glad you could take it. The jigs she used help production as well.

By Elissa - 16 June 2014 Reply

Andrew –

I consider myself lucky to have learned from her. Her handout is priceless – it has lots of information about the jigs she uses.


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