Binding the pages

Bind your pages together to form a book

The Lindisfarne Gospels are made up of 259 vellum 'folios' (full sheets folded in half). Some of the most elaborately decorated pages such as the Carpet Pages were painted on single sheets. Batches of eight folios (called 'quires') were then stitched together onto five thick cords which hold the book together.

There are numerous ways to bind papers together: folding, stapling, stitching, pasting, punching holes and binding with string or wire, clipping together with fasteners and clips

  • For a simple binding use a needle and thread (4x thickness), embroidery thread (2x thickness), or thin string or raffia to stitch a loop through the folded creases of your pages
  • Stitch the loop through the spine of your book and tie in a knot (see Binding the Book images below)

Diagram showing how to bind the book
Binding the Book

Binding the Book

 

Image of the finished book
The Finished Book

The Finished Book

 

Make a box or reliquary in which to store your Research Book

Sacred Books like the Lindisfarne Gospels were kept safe in strong boxes of wood, iron or lead and decorated with silver, gold and precious stones. Some were sealed in and never opened, the power of the Word of God was contained within the box. The books were often worshiped as holy relics. We still keep special things inside boxes - jewellry, memories, important documents and sometimes books. Make a box or a 'reliquary' to keep your Research Book safe.

  • Use card from a cardboard box
  • Use the image below to help you to draw out a design for your box. Leave tabs which can be glued. Make sure that it is slightly larger than your Research Book (see Net image)
  • Cut out and stick together using white PVA glue (see Making Box 1 image)
  • Decorate the lid of your box by cutting into the surface of the card and peeling away to reveal the corrugated pattern underneath (see Box Lid 1 image)
  • Paint using your handmade paints
  • Or cut out panels and inlay with designs made using other materials (see Box Lid 2 image)
  • Decorate the inside of your box by painting it in a contrasting colour or lining it with a paper collage, fancy paper or exotic fabrics.

Diagram of lid and base
Box net

Box net

 

Image of assembled box
Making the box

Making the box

 

Image of patterned box lid
Box lid 1

Box lid 1

 

Image of lid with embossed foil
Box lid 2

Box lid 2