Crossed Structure Binding at SPA
The Crossed Structure Binding (CSB) is intriguing in that the sewing is done directly onto back cover straps that integrate into the front cover. This non-adhesive variation on the long stitch was developed by book artist and conservator Carmencho Arregui after studying pre-16th century bindings.
There are seven variations of the Crossed Structure binding: Basic, Protective, Linked, Expander, Marcopolo, Hidden, and Solo. This workshop focused on the Basic and Linked variations.
The Basic CSB was made with a handmade paper cover.
This was a teaching diagram I developed on the spot to help folks know how to cut the cover straps. I think it got the message across.
Look at these ladies work! They were a fearless bunch.
The Linked CSB was made with a leather cover.
Another one of my teaching tools to aid with cutting the leather:
Because the straps were floppy, they needed to be held in place with a sewing frame. Inspired by the hardware store-based sewing frames (scroll down in the post to view) of Karen Hanmer, I decided to make some myself.
They definitely need to be tweaked – the clamps were too long and a bit wiggly, so I need to figure out how to make them more stable. My students made the best of it though and turned out some beautiful work.
I’m totally up for teaching the other variations of the Crossed Structure Binding, if y’all are interested. Let me know!
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