Bookbinding: Three Structures
7 – 8 September 2019
A rare chance to attend a purely structural bookbinding workshop with Rachel, using beautiful patterned papers.
Bind three books in a weekend at a spacious studio in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh.
Over two days of tactile pleasure, you’ll learn how to make:
i) A Buttonhole Stitch Binding. An elegant structure – an exposed spine sewing, with ‘limp’ paper covers.
ii) A Secret Belgian Binding . A two-part structure – the covers and spine pieces are laced together, then inner sections are sewn in.
iii) A Case Binding. Sew a book block using French Reinforced stitch and create a hard-covered ‘case’ to fit. A real classic.
Discover how to cut, fold, mark, sew and glue useful book forms – You’ll take away three handbound books and the knowledge to create many more.
Folding and Sewing
Settle into our studio for the weekend. Get acquainted with specialist tools and materials. Start gently, with folding and cutting a large sheet of paper down into pages. The process of measuring, marking, pricking holes and sewing a buttonhole binding is a satisfying start to our bookbinding trio. After a lunch of soup and buns, we’ll prepare the sections for the hard cover structures, and cut board to size. Choose from a selection of gorgeous Cambridge Imprint patterned papers for your covers.
Gluing and Finishing
Begin with glue brush and waste paper! We’ll start by making the hard covers so that they’ll be pressed dry and flat for later. The rhythm of French Reinforced sewing will take us through to lunch. Lacing the boards for the Secret Belgian Binding comes next, followed by sewing in the sections. Attaching the case binding to the book block and placing it under weights for a quick press is our grand finale, celebrated with tea and cake. Wrap up your precious trio of bindings and head out into the world with new skills under your arm.
Each day starts at 10am and finishes at about 4pm.
All materials are provided, but you may like to bring papers to personalise your book covers.
Soup lunch, hot drinks and biscuits are included.
There is a range of accommodation nearby. Buses and taxis can deliver you from other parts of the city. Please ask for travel and B+B advice.
Some limited editions and tools will be available to purchase on the day.
Please note: This is a technical workshop: Whilst no experience is necessary, a certain level of comfort with measuring, sewing and gluing is expected.
This course can be purchased as a gift. Please let us know the recipient’s details in the ‘additional information’ box at check out.