Friday, August 23, 2013

Binding Styles

Below are four binding styles that are very popular with our custom orders. These four styles allow the pages to open flat. They're great to use for sketchbooks, journals, photo albums, guest sign-in books and portfolios.

Cordbound books date back to the 5th Century A.D. but became popular during the 12th century. This style of binding lies flat when open and has an old traditional feel.

Rounded Spine Hardcover
Can be made with or without embossed hinges. This style is similar to a typical hardbound book, however, it has a hollow spine which allows the pages to open flat. This style can be made with or without raised hinges on the spine.

Coptic Stitch 
The coptic stitch was first used in the 2nd century A.D. and was used continuously until the 19th century when it became a rarity. The coptic stitch has many variations and is common today among small bookbinding shops. The style we use is the Ethiopian double needle coptic stitch. This variation is slightly more stable than other coptic variations. This stitch allows the pages to open flat and creates a beautiful chain stitch on the exposed spine of the book.

This binding created during the Medieval era in Germany. This style of book lays flat when open, and can fold back on itself, sort of like a spiral notebook can. These books can be made with or without a wraparound front cover. They can be made with an attached tie (first 2 photos), or slide ties (photo 4) or without a tie.

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