The 50 Book Project: #2 Tacket Bound Leather Book with Packing

Welcome to week 2 of The 50 Book Project. This book is a variation on tacket stitching that I explored last week with the large and small tacketed leather journals. This is also referred to tacket binding and can be found in Keith Smith’s bookbinding series, Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue on page 148.

Book 2 Blue Leather Tacketed with Packing on Spine

It’s also detailed on Dennis Yuen blog, CaiLun, complete with photos and instructions.

Book 2 Blue Leather Tacketed with Packing on Spine 6

What I like about this binding is the way the thread wraps around the stitching on the spine.  Smith refers to this as packing.

Book 2 Blue Leather Tacketed with Packing on Spine 2

To hold the book closed, I cut a slit on the cover and fed through a piece of braided waxed linen thread, the same one I used to stitch the book, and wrapped it around the book.

Book 2 Blue Leather Tacketed with Packing on Spine 4

Details

Size: 4″H x 4″W x 0.75″D
Materials: Leather, 32lb copier paper, waxed linen thread
Binding: Tacket Binding
References: Volume I Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue by Keith Smith, tutorial by Dennis Yuen

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