Research a range of techniques used by historical, cultural and contemporary bookbinders who specialise in books with a non adhesive stitched binding and integrated cover. Collect images from a range of sources.

Collate and present the research using visual and written evidence. This may include sketches, scans and photographs of design ideas to show the use of colour, line, texture, shape and form.

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Suggested activities

 Unit 221: Making a book with a non adhesive stitched binding and integrated cover


Research both historical and contemporary non adhesive bindings.

  • Exposed Spine (eg Coptic)
  • Covered Spine (for example Cross Structure Bindings, Longstitch, Crisscross Bindings
  • Sewn Along the spine or sewn across the spine
  • Browse 'non adhesive binding' on the web
  • Visit other binders, Libraries, second hand bookshops, Museums & exhibitions
  • Search for appropriate articles in publications from the Society of Bookbinders and The Guild of Book Workers
  • Beg, steal or borrow Keith Smith's definitive series of books on Non-Adhesive bindings, particularly volume III on Exposed Spine Sewings

Your research should demonstrate an exploration of bookbinding.

Include evaluative comments related to the research.

Reference your sources.

Record visits to retail outlets, libraries, other binders, exhibitions, libraries & museums

Record the books, journals and websites consulted.

Tips for documenting your evidence

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