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.
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 .
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