About 10 years ago I made an attempt to learn how to bookbind but didn't get much further than doing one book. I decided I wanted to relearn how to do it again.
Using a translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight [find and add link], I printed with LibreOffice using the settings:
I printed signatures of 16 pages, using 4 A4 sheets. In print settings under Page Layout, under [+] More, use Pages per Sheet and use 2 pages per sheet with the default 'Left to right, then down', and under Range and Copies I printed the pages "16, 1, 14, 3, 12, 5, 10, 7", flipped the sheets vertically and then printed "2, 15, 4, 13, 6, 11, 8, 9". [add pic of maquette sig]
Used this video tutorial by Sea Lemon to get my bearings on stitching signatures. To stitch I used two strands I took from embroidery thread and what I consider a relatively large needle.
Made a second one, just a blank notebook (6 A4 sheets so 24(?) pages) with a cover from an old Coco Pops box. This didn't work as well as the first one, for a couple reasons I reckon: I didn't draw a centre line when punching holes through the paper, and I didn't do all the sheets in one go; I punched the inside sheets, then the cover seperately. I believe ammending those two things would make a neater notebook.
I used saddle-stitching (or kettle-stitching, I'm still not entirely sure of the difference between the two; is kettle stitching joining multiple signatures and saddle only working with one?) with seven punches to do this one, using the same method as the tutorial above.
I really like this method, though I think I will try other hole amounts. I assume it needs an odd number to work properly, so I think I'll try 5 hole and 3 hole versions. I wonder if there's a difference in strengh between these methods or if it's just an aesthetic difference.
I also wonder what ways there are of adding a cover to