The first book is my favorite. It makes such a neat little package. This slotted spine longstitch binding is easier in some ways than a regular longstitch with holes in the spine. But it can be harder to keep the threads just where you want them. For this one, I covered the spine and the wrap at the fore edge with red duct tape (I do love me some red duct tape!) The cover is lined with a pearlescent cardstock in a raspberry color. The eight ivory paper signatures are sewn with white linen thread through the slits in the spine. I finished it with a purple flourite bead and a hand-looped chain cord for wrapping around.
The second book is also a long stitch but with holes. And I did not use one long thread to sew all the signatures together as well as to the spine, like I usually do. Each of the five signatures is sewn to the spine with a separate thread. I left a long tail on each thread at top and bottom. When all the signatures were sewn, I braided the five threads at the head and at the tail and finished each with an Italian glass bead and a small tassel. Inside the cover is lined with gold pearlescent cardstock and the paper is white text paper.
Book three is the simplest and smallest (and the fastest to make). It is a simple perfect binding book, much like a note tablet. Three colors of text paper (red, emerald green and purple) are cleanly cut and stacked for the block. Then one edge is glued with padding compound glue while being tightly held together. It's clamped to dry, with at least two coats of the special glue. Finally, I wrapped the spine with more red duct tape (hmmmm..) and called it finished.
Quite a haul from one little throw-away box of Tootsie Pops.