Medieval Long and Link Stitch Bindings with Bill Hanscom
Saturday and Sunday, July 22–23, 2017
Library Company of Philadelphia,
In this two-day workshop, participants will learn about the history and construction of European long and link stitch bookbinding structures. Long and link stitches, which connect the text block directly to a limp parchment cover, can be used individually or in combination to create striking exposed-sewing patterns on the spine. The patterns can be enhanced by using different materials — such as leather, wood, or horn — to reinforce the spine, or with secondary stitching that is both structural and decorative. The spine can also be further embellished with decorative punching. Long and link stitch bindings require no equipment or adhesive, and only a few tools to construct. After examining models and images of historical bindings, participants will create two structures — choosing from a number of templates — employing traditional techniques and features such as fore-edge flaps and string-and-button closures.