the bookbinder

assorted books
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She tears and glues and cuts

Through cardboard covers

And the silky fabric sleeves,

Waiting for the press the set

The pages into perfect books

To sit on shelves in libraries for

The people of the bookish world.

I love watching videos of people rebinding books. And because I love beautiful books I like to see what they cover their creations with; the finished products are always stunning and they make me want to have a go myself.

There is something quite magical about a book that has been bound in a beautiful fabric and I would die to have a collection of notebooks all bound by myself in the prettiest designs.

Bookbinders fall into the same category as hatmakers for me. They seem a little bit mystical and a little bit mad – but totally genius. It’s an artform that seems to be dying and I can’t understand why. There are so many people that adore stationery, so why aren’t their more bookbinders?

Much Love

Rachel xx

The ghouls

7 thoughts on “the bookbinder

  1. Margot Kinberg

    It’s a magical art, isn’t it, Rachel? A beautiful book binding adds so much to the book, and those who do it well really are dedicated. I’ve never watched a person do it live, but I’ve seen it on television and it’s beautiful to watch.

  2. clcouch123

    Thank you for your writing about bookbinders. I, too, am fascinated by the skill. I wish there was a bookbinder near me. There are books I have that could stand repair. I don’t want to get rid of them!

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