I’ve been itching to try a nonstandard book cover and I cottoned on to the idea of hemp because it just has this great texture, so I crochet a long rectangle with a taper on one end and attached a stick I found in my backyard. I didn’t want their to be visible tapes connecting the bookblock to the cover, so long stitch was really the only way to go. You sew the bookblock directly onto the cover as if it were your tapes. It’s a little hard to get the spacing right, but it looks great in the end:
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