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May 25, 2007

Busy Friday…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:58 pm

It’s been another busy day here at the suburban ranch. I was up early and and taking care of a bunch of items off the “to do” list that seems to grow longer not shorter by the day.

So, Ricardo had asked about sewing headbands. Sometimes it’s better/easier to sew them off of the block and glue them on. You can easily sew headbands with pretty much the same procedure as you would when sewing them directly to the block. You’ll just need to make a core to sew them on. You will also omit the tacking stitch. You can either make individual ones for each end of the spine or one long one and cut it to fit. You’ll need to run a bead of glue along the bottom of the stitches on the back side of the band if you will be cutting it. This is just a quick explanation of how they are done. They really aren’t that hard to do just a little fiddly at the start. Here’s a few photos of a length of headband I made this afternoon. It’s about 5.5″ long. I made a core the same way that you make cloth headbands using a thin inner twine. I used DMC #3 cotton perle thread for sewing.

Handsewn headband off the block

In the photo below you can see the bead under the band.

Headband closeup

This band is pretty basic. You could get creative with the colors and number of wraps per color. You can also do them one color or beadless.

A great book on sewing diff. styles headbands is Headbands, How to Work Them by Jane Greenfield and Jenny Hille.

The Craft of Bookbinding by Manly Banister has a good description of how to sew your own headbands off of the book starting on page 106.

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2 Comments »

  1. The headband looks wonderful, but if you are going to sew them off the book and then glue them to the top (& bottom) of the spine, why not just buy them? They will only be of use to the book structure by being sewn on the book, thus strengthening the top of the spine, especially when a book is pulled off the shelf by the top edge of the spine.

    Comment by Andrew Middleton — October 23, 2008 @ 11:42 pm
  2. The way I understand headbands, they provide more than structure to the spine. They serve a decorative function. Also, headbands provide a visual distraction at reading level to any imperfections in the edges of the signatures. I imagine that even if the headband is sewn off the book and attached later, it would provide protection to the head of the spine from pulling fingers, and being roughed up.

    Comment by Paavo — July 19, 2011 @ 11:37 am

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