I keep hearing how hard the Coptic stitch is to master. I did struggle with it at first, doing it and pulling the stitching out again many times. That's the upside of stitching a glueless book. You can always pull the stitching out again, and again.
Hard casing (cover) books are completely another matter. You design the book, fold the paper, cut the boards, glue the text block, attach the paper to make the covers. Then you attach the endpapers and put it under weights to dry. Then you take the weights off the next day only to discover there's a big wrinkle on the endpapers or some other disaster. In short, hard case books are usually ruined in the LAST stage. Often there's no solution.
Your friends and family don't want any more free journals.
So, I was happy to attend a workshop on Hard Case books. It was a great workshop. The instructor, Aimee Brown was very patient and helpful. She really went out of her way to make sure we understood how to do it and caught a few mistakes I'd made, saving me from starting over. I learned a lot.
Then I went home and made 5 books over the last week. Two books didn't turn out. But I'm still doing better than before. I imagine it's like learning the Coptic stitch. I have to keep practicing.
Here are four of the books I made this week.
This is my next book project. A Coptic stitch journal.
I need a breather from case bindings. With this journal I wrapped each signature (chapter) individually and will sew them together with a Coptic stitch.
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