C&G Week 16 | Packed Sewing

Yesterday I was learning about ‘packed sewing’, this is another form of sewing, which dates back to the middle/dark ages. It was used for binding vellum and parchment and all those old forms of paper, the reason being this type of paper would expand at the fore-edge of the book (the bit opposite the spine), the packed sewing would ‘pack’ the thread together at the spine, therefore expanding the spine in compensation for the expanded fore-edge, making the book more square shaped rather than wedged!

All very interesting I thought – the one above is a practice and I have not ‘packed’ it out enough. This colourful one I have made at home and made it a lot bigger – very pretty!

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