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Bookbinding and How to Bring Old Books Back to Life (Paperback)

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By Aimee Spillman
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526773784
Published: 30th August 2021


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This book is a breath of fresh air showing you the fundamental skills and techniques you will need to start binding your own books.

You don’t need a lot of expensive tools or materials to do bookbinding and this guide has been made to make the process accessible for any one who wants to do some “weekend projects”.

This book will appeal to people who love books, but lead busy lives and yet still want to be creative. It will show you the basics and teach the fundamental skills and practices that will get you binding your own books in no time. These skills will then be transferable across a number of projects contained within and hopefully make you want to learn more.

The ‘Weekend Projects’ will include how to do simple repairs on your old and well loved books, giving them a new lease of life, including adding hard covers to paperbacks and doing simple repairs. Along with these we will be creating bespoke notebooks and it will show you some unique ways to use your new found binding skills to keep and store your special cards.

The aim of this book is to inspire new binders young to old and everything in between.

This was a great quick read about bookbinding, fixing beloved books or upcycling/personalizing your favorite books.
The book is set up mainly as an instruction manual that is easy to follow with photos of the most important steps. This reminded me a lot of "sealemon" a youtuber that specializes in book binding etc.
What I loved most about this was the section about how to fix and upcycle books. I have a lot of thrifted books that are not necessarily in the best condition and this can help you make your books even more special with just a few materials and tools. I have started spraying the edges of my favorite books in the last month and it is surprisingly easy to do yourself.
I already have some more DIY bookish projects on my list ;)

Thank you so much Netgalley for granting a wish! I can recommend this to anybody who's interested in sprucing up their old books or if you're looking for a fun easy project or special gift for someone.

NetGalley, Anya Diepold

About Aimee Spillman

Aimee Spillman has always loved books, so much so that 10 years ago, when she found herself in a career she was unhappy with, she quit and set out to pursue her real passion. Training at Windsor Castle; working on the Royal Collection, she now has over 8 years of experience. Running her own business, Woodle Books, she cannot imagine doing anything else. From restoration and bespoke binding to teaching workshops Aimee has now set out to make a book that disperses the mysteries of bookbinding and help show others that bookbinding isn't daunting you just need to have passion and patience to bring some much needed love to your most loved worn books.

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