I am in love with endbands. No, really. It was necessary for me to sleep last night, so I had to quit but I didn’t want to.

Also, did you know that if you hunch over something for six hours, you can potentially pinch a nerve and then your chin will become numb? Neither did I.

Anyway. Here’s the endband I’m shooting for:

JA Szirmai, The Archaeology Of Medieval Bookbinding by you.

(From The Archaeology of Medieval Bookbinding by J.A. Szirmai)

I want that chevron pattern, but so far I’m getting used to the mechanics of it all.

First, I sewed the quires together thusly:

quires stitched by you.

This is the cleanest sewing job I’ve done yet.

Then, I stitched a leather cord to the top of the bookblock, and using two needles each with a different thread color, I proceeded to weave in the colored portion of the endbands:

first bit of end-banding by you.

I’m not doing this the correct way, I realize. That is, the mechanics are correct, but I’m not using the right technique necessary to get the chevron pattern I’m shooting for. I’m not too concerned about this. I think I know what I’m doing wrong and will correct it. I also think that I need one cord per quire, as the two cords I’ve got make the sewing bunchy.

Here’s another view:

first bit of end-banding by you.

You can see the progress I’ve made from where I started (right) to where I’m at  (left). It’s getting better all along.

At any rate, I’ve got two endbands on this book, so I will have more practice.

And in the meantime (thanks to Master Lorenzo), I’ve discovered how to  do the flange cover attachment bit that I couldn’t figure out earlier. I’m moving along nicely.

This website is immensely helpful and educational.

So is this one.

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.
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4 Responses to Endbands!

  1. Lea says:


    ok, i feel a little better now, i know better than t fight it, really.

    so. cool.


  2. RobbingPeter says:

    What you are doing is incredibly cool. The band thing is awesome. I really do not have the appropriate superlatives to describe how exciting this is.

    I would love to learn how to do this once you have figured it out! 😉

    Something to think about for documentation. Good pictures like this – that show the steps – would be excellent to include. Primarily because of the layers and how eventually it will all be invisible unless the judge dismantles your finished product – which I believe none of us wants.

    • HappyGoth says:

      Noo… I think dismantling would lead to full-body-tackling, and I think that’s not covered under A&S guidelines. It also might get me barred from A&S forever.

      But I will so totally show you how to do it! I have no idea how the chevron pattern works, but I’ve got another endband to practice on…

      Thanks for the documentation advice! I had intended on putting process + photos in the expanded documentation, should somebody want to see that part. I am so relieved that this is not so hard as I imagined. Master Lorenzo has been a HUGE help (we’ve been chatting over IM).

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