Bookbinding Kit - Complete French link stitch bookbinding kit with tools, supplies and instruction book

Bookbinding Kit - Complete French link stitch bookbinding kit with tools, supplies and instruction book


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handbound instruction book, bone folder, glue, paper, cardboard, needle, linen thread, book cloth, leather, awl


Learn to bind your own book!

This complete bookbinding kit has the tools, supplies and instructions to make one French link stitch journal. French link stitch is an open spine, exposed sewing style of binding. Perfect for first time book binders, artists, and journal keepers.

The comprehensive tools and instructions make this kit the perfect gift - a gift that keeps on giving. Use the kit and included supplies to make your first book, then you'll have the tools and skills to make more. The instructions include links to bookbinding suppliers, or you can order a refill for the kit from!

Included in the Kit:

Comprehensive bookbinding instructions
Genuine bone folder
Bookbinding needle
2 binder clips
1" foam brush
1.5 oz. PVA bookbinding glue*
3 yds waxed linen bookbinding thread
3 leather strips
2 book boards cut to size
2 decorative endpapers
2 pc. book cloth
Paper punching guide
36 pieces signature paper

The kit is available in:

Four book cloth/ leather strip combinations:
- Red / black strip
- Green / brown strip
- Blue / green strip
- Black / maroon strip

With a your choice of endpaper designs:
- Metallic marbled
- TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT /Black & white waves/
- Black & white contour
- Green topographical map
- Red topographical map
- Florentine

If you prefer a different combination of book cloth, endpapers, leather strips just leave me a note in the note to seller at check out!

A note about PVA glue:
PVA glue is sensitive to temperature. If it is stored below freezing it will loose its adhesion. The texture of the glue should resemble Elmer's glue. If it has thickened to a paste like consistency or become clumpy or sandy it may have been exposed to low temperatures for too long. If you have concerns about freezing temperatures contact me for options.

Questions? Send me a convo!

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Returns and exchanges accepted
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Gift wrapping available

Gift wrapping by cleverhands

Bandolier orders will include a little notebook. Kits will be wrapped in the kit box. Questions? Requests? leave me a note at check out.

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Jacqui Higgins Apr 20, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Such a delight to bind my own journal. This was the perfect kit. Loved it- thanks!

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Aerowen Deveraux Apr 18, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
Nice little book when complete. The instructions are easy to follow however make sure you read them all the way through. It took me about an hour to make and I really love the way it turned out.

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perpetualmotion Dec 26, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
Easy to follow instructions and beautiful product!

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Marie Jordan Dec 25, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
I love this! The instructions are really clear and easy to understand, and I feel like what I'm learning doing this can transfer to larger, more complex projects.

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