I've always wanted to do a buttonhole stitch book, but it looked hard and complicated. Would the stitching hold the book block onto the hardcover? It looked a bit flimsy. And those long stitches with a hole in the spine. It just didn't look like a proper book to me.
A couple of weeks ago I came across a watermelon, buttonhole book video by Sea Lemon. She always makes everything look so easy. True to form...
But how to do a buttonhole stitch on a hardcover?
I remembered Cailun had written about it. There were some good photos on making the buttonholes on the spine. Then I went to another blog post that explained the Modified Long Stitching.
Next I tried the real thing. It seemed a lot like a kettle stitch/Coptic stitch to me.
I took some photos. I hope they help. It was a bit strange stiching a book with a camera around my neck.
I sewed each end separately tying off the top end and cutting the thread. You could run the thread down to the bottom set of holes and start stitching as an option
Even after finishing one end you'll find that if you keep the tension firm, it sucks the signatures nice and tight, right to the spine.
So if your dog runs off with it and throws it into the air, it'll be fine.
3 Things I'll do Differently the Next Time
1. I think I'd make a book that's a lot thicker the next time. It was hard to fit all the signatures and stitching into that narrow slot.
2. Try some variations like covering the signatures. They will show through the buttonhole. It'll also use up some of those scraps you have laying around.
3. Can also try punching circular buttonholes. I think I'd be alright. Punch the sewing holes at the top and bottom of the holes.
I found this to be a real fast and easy stitch to do once I figured it out. Poke your awl around to even out the stitches.
Let me know what you think. Send me some photos of what you've done and I'll post them here.
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