Okay, its been 2 weeks since the CBBAG bookbinding course has ended. I came home with a bookbinding cradle. I found that I really liked using it. The holes for the thread are always exactly in the crease of the page. Pages don't slide around; lots of great reasons to use one.
Now 2 weeks later I'm googling (is that an official word yet?) how to fix a bookbinding cradle. Oddly enough I couldn't find anything. The bottom of the trough gets chewed up very quickly, especially if it is made out of book board like mine is.
I came across some great instructions on the Paper Chipmunk for making a cradle, and it gave me an idea. They put book cloth in the trough of the cradle.
I really liked this idea of gluing in a strip of book cloth into the bottom of the trough.
So, I found my solution to fixing the cradle. It probably wouldn't hurt to use another piece of book cloth on the bottom side. I wanted a quick fix so I used some binding tape. In a pinch that is probably the best thing to do if you are in the middle of punching holes.
If you have some time and you don't have any book cloth at hand you can slather a thinned out mix of wheat or rice starch on a piece of cloth and the next day you will have sized book cloth that can be used for the cradle repair.
So tomorrow I will be punching a lot of holes to sew my Coptic stitch book together. I'll let you know how the repair works for me.
Here's the link for
MAKING A BOOKBINDING CRADLE
The Guild of Book Workers USA
MILLIMETER BINDINGS henryhebert.net/2012/01/11/millimeter-and-rubow-bindings
HAND SEWN HEADBANDS
Be sure to check out the bookbinding blogs too.
They often have tutorials
BIG JUMP PRESS
Beautiful books and boxes in Finland
Portugal - leather tooling
OWL AND LION
Bookbinding workshops in Scotland
Forum & lots of info
BECCA MAKING FACES
Examples and TUTs of every Japanese stitch in the world