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Meanwhile, read on for part two of the little books blog....
2. Measure the length of the slit.
3. Cut a strip of paper with width measuring just less than the length of the slit , and length 2cm x number of booklets plus at least 2cm.
5. Push the mountain folds through the slits in the booklet spines from the outside.
7. Carefully push these strips, pointed end first, through the concertina folds on the inside of the book to secure them.
8. You can vary the length of the outside tabs - just add more than 2cm to the length of the concertina strip you cut, and be sure to start folding it from the middle - or punch holes in them to add them into a spiral-bound sketchbook.
Do you ever find when you are making long concertina-folded strips that they tend to start to wander off true? The trick is to start in the middle, not at one end. I was shown this method by book-binder Nesta Rendall Davies, who has been one of our guest tutors on several occasions, and with a bit of care you get a perfect concertina every time. I hope I’ve remembered it correctly!
2. If you have allowed for longer tabs at the outside edges, measure and fold these next, then treat that fold as the end of the paper.
4. Reverse this new fold (so it becomes a mountain fold - ꓥ shaped) and bring this to the central fold. Crease the new fold.
5. Fold the end to meet the central fold and crease the new fold well - 2 zigzags on this side.
7. Repeat with the other side of the strip – 8 zigzags in total.
It really is easier to do than to describe in words!
If you need 12 zigzags, like I did, you need to work in 3 lots of four – ie divide your strip into three equal sections (by folding) and then do the folding and re-folding process until you have four zigzags in each section.
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Terry & Hazel