For 2 to 8 people, age 10 or better
7 working hours + lunch
All materials included
Completing this workshop gives you access to Workspace Rental and Table Top Press Rental
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.
Use combs, rollers and rubber stamps to paint original pastepaper designs
Learn a few simple, professional techniques for folding paper and assembling a text block
Use a book cradle and awl to punch your text block
Hand sew your text block with linen thread in the classic bookbinder’s long stitch
Add decorative endbands and a ribbon bookmark
Assemble a hard cover using your pastepaper and a book cloth-covered spine
Case in your hand sewn text block inside your custom decorative hard cover