Make your own hard-backed notebook and emboss it with a title or your name. A thrilling achievement in a day and a great gift if you can bear to put someone else's name on it! Combine this with the raised bands class and/or a slipcase or solander box class for a truly special project. This could even be the beginning of your journey into leather bindings (see March 24).
We work on a standard size of 120mm x 165mm and 200 pages so that all projects are uniform and can mix'n'match.
This stylish album, designed by Ben Elbel and named after the artist David Shrigley, can be expanded or decreased with ease to suit the number of pictures you want to display. The clever use of a concertina binding with attached frames can be hard or soft bound to suit requirements.
It would work beautifully for photographs, postcards, prints and would make a great professional portfolio or personal gift. And it's great fun to make!
These beautiful and versatile structures are a prefect place to start, or continue, your bookbinding journey.
The 5-week programme takes you, step by step, through four new structures
Long Stitch binding,
Wrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and Tue-mouche (Posh Paper), all held together in a lined and lidded box. These books make gorgeous gifts and, as with Beginning Bookbinding, the techniques and skills are interchangeable allowing you to develop your own creative finishes.
The class is designed for beginners and it is not necessary to have any previous experience. This series focuses on more 'artsy' structures whilst Beginning Bookbinding focuses on more 'everyday' styles. The classes can be taken in any order.
The historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding is a very popular class and the photograph above is from the event on August 11. We are missing two books but the collection above includes one by Jenny Ollerenshaw using her own marbled paper (far left) and one by Katy Duncan using her own lino cut print (far right). The next class will be held at a lovely new venue in Hemingford Grey - The Lodge Flower and Craft School and bookings can be made through that site. (I think I'd like to book in for the term and do all the classes!)
The binding allows the book to lie perfectly flat and also to open to 360 degrees, making it popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketch book. Also, the exposed spine stitching has enormous visual appeal.
During the day you will learn how to prepare the pages for binding as well as decide on your own personal decorative style for board covering before getting to grips with the stitching. You will also have creative input on the appearance of the spine itself.Suitable for beginners.
Learn the basics of repairs to a cloth bound book where the end and title pages may be damaged along with the spine and board corners. We use a variety of cloth, papers and tissues as appropriate for the book to strengthen and reback the spine. If necessary, some page/paper repair will be done in situ or demonstrated. Where possible we will also touch up or replace lettering.
Designed for beginners.
If you’ve ever been curious about how books are made and wanted to immerse yourself in a piece of local history, this is the event for you.
This book structure combines modern and ancient binding techniques giving an opportunity to explore elements of both. When finished, the structure lies completely flat and also folds back on itself making it useful both as a journal or album as well as an on-the-go sketchbook.
This class will take place in a very special setting: All Saints’ Church, Cambridge. All Saints’ was built in the 1860s to the plans of the famous nineteenth-century architect G.F. Bodley, who worked closely with Arts and Crafts artists such as William Morris and local artists such as Frederick Leach. The simple wooden door opens into a dramatic blast of colour and pattern with almost every surface painted, stencilled or with gilded decoration. All Saints’ is now looked after by the Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity with over 350 churches in its care. 25% of fees will be donated back to the charity.
We will use some of the now very limited stock of beautiful Cockerell marbled papers which have a strong local connection. Douglas Cockerell was one of the country’s most noted Arts and Crafts bookbinders and the brother of Sydney Cockerell, private secretary to William Morris and Director of The Fitzwilliam Museum. The marbling style was developed by the Cockerell family in Letchworth , then Grantchester and finally brought to the Cockerell Marbled Papers studio in Barton where production stopped in 2012.
The class is suitable for complete beginners but is also designed to impart valuable skills whether you are new to bookbinding or have already dabbled!
Kate and I are delighted to be doing a third presentation of this class this time at the lovely new venue - The Lodge Flower and Craft School in Hemingford Grey. Booking is now open on that site.
Kate will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more .
You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.
Week 1: Introduction and Quarter Bound Single Section
Week 2: Concertina Binding
Week 3: Hard Bound Journal
Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
Week 5: Lined Slipcase
These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability.
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