|"Farm Friends" soft book by StudioE Fabrics.|
This fabric book, or "soft book," is from a fabric panel by Studioe Fabrics, one of the fabric companies I represent. It's from the "Farm Friends" collection that you should be able to find at your local quilt shop [YLS].
I'll take you through the fabric book production steps and equate them to the print-on-paper bookmaking process as well. Because print production terms are ingrained in my brain, I'll provide links to their definitions to help clarify. Here goes…
The Press Sheet / The Fabric Panel
The press sheet [fabric panel] is comprised of all the 2-page spreads that make up the book before it is assembled.
|24" fabric panel for the "Farm Friends" soft book.|
|This is a self cover book. |
Shown here are the outside and inside front and back covers.
Since the book is already paginated, you don't have to worry about page imposition and the story reading incorrectly.
With ink-on-paper, when a press sheet is automatically printed on both sides with a single pass through the printing press, it is called "perfecting." This term is commonly used with offset lithography. With a digital printer, it is called "duplexing." With the fabric book, the single-sided spreads have to be trimmed out and manually stitched together back-to-back to simulate two-sided (duplex) printing.
|Cut out the fabric page spreads.|
|Book assembly instructions are printed on the fabric panel.|
|The diagram shows the pagination.|
|Page numbers are printed on the pages.|
… It was slightly disconcerting for someone with a publishing background to find that this book did not follow the page numbering convention. For English texts (texts read from left to right), the odd numbers should appear on the right-hand (recto) pages and the even numbers on the left-hand (verso) pages.
Got long lengths of batting trimmings? Here is where they come in handy.
|Batting trimmings were used for this fabric book.|
|Sandwich, pin and stitch the book spreads.|
|Trim corners and batting to reduce bulk.|
|Press open the seam allowances before turning right side out.|
|Two 4-page signatures and book cover.|