Sunday, October 24, 2010

Caterpillar Spine Stitch - Mike Commons

As far as I know, I am the only one ever to attempt a vertical caterpillar stitch. I tried it out as an experiment and it worked. The book is 2.75 inches by 4.25 inches tall. There are 17 signatures of 2 folio's totaling 136 pages of Mohawk Superfine 100 lb paper. The caterpillar is made from 4 yards of brown waxed thread. For those familiar with the caterpillar stitch, turning it vertical made it interesting making this book. The stitch needed to be sewn through the entire book, cover to cover each time a new segment of the caterpillar was added. This made it difficult to push the needle through the entire book as a whole and I relied heavily on pliers to pull the needle and thread through each time. The book took 5 hours to complete

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