THIS WORKSHOP IS A GREAT JUMP START for the novice or anyone who wants to polish their bookmaking skills. Make a classic hand sewn book from cover to cover. Personalized by you, hand bound books make especially memorable gifts and keepsakes that will be appreciated for a long time.
Wear comfortable shoes and work clothing. Dress for the weather: we are not air-conditioned and in winter much of the heat rises to the top of our 20-foot ceiling. Bring questions, your camera and a notebook to record your process.
THIS WORKSHOP COVERS THE SKILLS, tools and materials needed to assemble a traditional hand-sewn, hardback book. Begin by painting a few quick sheets of bookmaker's paste paper to wrap your cover; fold, gather, punch and sew a text block using the classic long stitch; prepare the spine; grab a bite of lunch; then assemble a hard cover using your own pastepaper design, case in your text block and take your book home.
This style of book makes a great travel journal or encouragement for a writer of words or of songs. Imagine it as a guest book for a special occasion or a sketchbook for a budding artist.
After the workshop you'll take away sample sewing cards to help you remember how to tie the knots and repeat the correct sewing sequence.
Coupled with your choice of alternative materials (papers, book cloth, ribbons, etc.), this binding style is adaptable to a wonderful variety of books, all made with the same essential processes.