- Mountboard; for making book covers. Once you get into it and want to make larger books Grey board or Davey board is a heavier grade of card that is more suitable for larger projects. These cardstocks are available from good art suppliers.
- PVA glue: for gluing on covers.
- Cutting mat; this is essential as it protects your work suface as well as being less wear on your craft knife.
- Craft knife; you would be best served by getting a chunkier one of these from a DIY store for cutting the mountboard but your usual scalpal stye will be fine for thinner cardstock and paper.
- Steel ruler; the ruler needs to be made of metal to prevent your knife sliceing into it.
- A set square is good if you are looking to make your books nice and squared up.
- Sewing needle; there are special bookbinding needles available but if you are just starting you can use tapestry needles.
- Thread; I cannot stress enough how much of a difference you will notice to your finished results if you use good thread. Linen threads are available from the sites listed in my links section. Run your chosen thread over beeswax for a much crisper finish.
- Bees wax; You will need this to help your thread run nicely through the papers and also hold its knots nice and tightly.
- A couple of solid wooden boards and a pile of books; these are so you can press your book as it drys, this prevents it curling as it dries.
- A bone folder; this tool will help keep your folds nice and crisp and again give you a much better finish to your project.
One thing you will need lots of is scrap paper, each time you glue a surface, you need to discard the scrap paper so you don’t transfer glue on to areas of your project where you don’t need it. The best thing to use for scrap paper is blank newsprint, it is available from house moving companies. I got about 500 sheets A2 size for about £12 and you can put it in the recycle bin after you have used it. The most important thing is NOT to use printed papers as your scrap paper for gluing on. As the paper becomes wet the ink will bleed onto your project and ruin it.**
I think that’s long enough for today. Best wishes and thanks for reading
**Edited from a post previously posted on the old blog 12th February 2008**