Bookbinding Thread | Sea Lemon

In this video, I’ll show you different types
of thread you can use for your bookbinding projects. First, the most common threads. There’s binder’s thread, made from linen,
archival safe and because it’s kind of stiff, it doesn’t tangle as easily. There’s waxed thread. If you search “waxed
bookbinding thread” you should find many options of colors for sale, the most popular being
irish linen thread. As another option, it’s really easy to make
your own waxed thread. Not only does it give you more color options, but you can often
find the materials at your local art store. I choose 2 ply embroidery or craft thread,
and use jewelry wax or beeswax to make it. Check out my easy tutorial here to learn how
to make your own. You can also find the link in the description below. And then there’s regular sewing thread. I
use this mainly for case binding, and sometimes I wax this thread as well, just so it tangles
less. Now for the alternative threads. You don’t have to limit yourself to the threads
I just showed you. Sometimes it’s fun to experiment and try unique materials. If your binding holes and needle are large
enough, you can use materials like ribbon.
Or types of cord, like ones found in the jewelry making sections at art stores. Or waxed dental floss. Yes… floss. It’s
something that almost everyone has in their household, plus its waxed. and it gives your
binding a fresh minty scent! When choosing a thread, think about what type
of book you’re making — is it a decorative temporary book, or will it have heavy use
and you want it to last for a long time? Then choose your thread accordingly. test your
thread for strength first, you don’t want thread that pulls apart easily, and make your
best judgement. Don’t feel limited to the traditional thread, try and experiment with
some alternative materials, just get creative and have fun with it! Feel free to leave your comments below, and
tell me what your favorite type of thread is. Check out the video to the left to learn how
to coptic stitch. Check out the video to the right to learn
how to make your own waxed thread. And be sure to subscribe for more tutorials.


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