Woo hoo, I finished my caterpillar practice book! I did the first one last week before going on vacation, and then today (while my 12-year-old recuperated at home from having four adult teeth extracted this morning) I did the other two caterpillars. It surprises me how simple the stitch is and how quickly it can be done. Once the head is done, instructions aren't even necessary because everything is so clear.
Now . . . I am not pretending that mine was perfectly executed by any stretch of the imagination. I just think it's pretty damn good for a first go :-).
|Front of caterpillar book, done with 7gypsies covers|
and waxed linen cord from WalMart for 99 cents
I think the caterpillar looks good, at least as far as I can tell. If anyone who knows more about book binding than I do has any comments or things to point out, please do so by all means.
|Caterpillar sewing across spine (this is the third--|
bottom--caterpillar, so theoretically it's the best
one since I did it last)
|Back cover of book showing the caterpillars' tails|
|Open book showing severe splayage due to too-tight|
sewing from covers to signatures