I finished my caterpillar book!

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 used one straight needle and one curved needle (would have used two curved ones but I broke one at the beginning of my first caterpillar and was too impatient to bend two more).  The curved one was nice but not absolutely necessary as when doing a Coptic stitch binding.  If you look closely on the middle caterpillar, you’ll see that I managed to break one of its legs by mistakenly gathering into the wrap of the body.  As Rick Perry would say, Oops!  (Can’t stand that man and am VERY SORRY he is my state’s governor.  I certainly didn’t vote for him.)

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

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2 Responses to I finished my caterpillar book!

  1. Elizabeth C. says:

    [smile] Thanks, Risi! And you are right–I posted up an image of the cover on Facebook and was then immediately embarrassed to accept praise from friends. I have been tugging on the binding all day and have reduced the splayage significantly, I am happy to say. For my next one I'll have to be really careful about going around from the spine to the signatures to not get going on those corset strings again.

  2. Risi says:

    That looks fantastic! It really is a simple stitch once you wrap your brain around it. It looks so impressive but it is actually quite straightforward. And then you tell all your friends "look at this thing I made" and they will be all "oh that is so cool you are so clever" and then you get all that validation for like an hour of work woohooo.The end.(Really though, it looks awesome.)

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