ONLINE Bookbinding: Hardback Closed Spine Book - Fri 7th January 2022 at 10am
If you wish to take part but are unable to attend the workshop demo live, please select the recording only option below.
All students will be given access to watch our video playback service of this workshop for 30 days. Please note that the follow up session is not recorded.
Fri 7th January 10am - 11:30am workshop demo
Fri 21st January 10am - 11am feedback & follow up
This LivePlus™ online workshop is suitable for beginners right through to those with some experience of making books
In this workshop Janina will show and explain all the steps to make a hard back closed spine book from scratch. The demonstration version will be A6 portrait with fabric cover and using cartridge paper for the inside pages.
She will start by trimming paper and card into the correct size for the book and nesting the trimmed sheets into ‘signatures’. The signatures will then by sewn together using traditional French link stitch, and the spine will be reinforced with glue and tissue or scrim/brown paper.
The next stage will be preparation of the covers and Janina will explain the correct size of card to cut for this size of book. The fabric will then be trimmed to size and glued to the card cover pieces. The final stage is assembly of the book, gluing the inside pages (text block) into the cover. The book is then left to dry fully.
Ideally students will make one, or preferably two, books before the follow up session, so if there have been any difficulties these can be addressed.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop
- Folding and trimming paper for the inside pages (‘signatures’)
- Sewing the book together using French link stitch
- Reinforcing the spine with wet strength tissue or scrim / brown paper
- Measuring and cutting grey board covers
- Covering the book with fabric.
- Lots of tips for painless measuring, cutting and gluing
- Advice on suitable fabric, card, papers and paper grain
Equipment & materials list
Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below.
- Cutting mat
- Sharp cutting knife or craft knife (not a scalpel, as this is too delicate)
- Metal ruler
- Sharp pencil
- Blunt ended sewing needle with large eye (eg tapestry needle size 20)
- Awl or braddle (for making holes in paper and card)
- For gluing a small foam roller and tray, and a stencil (flat ended) brush
- Large bulldog clips and scrap paper
Optional tools if you have them
- Bone folder (for creasing paper)
- T square ruler (for getting accurate 90 degree corners)
- Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (this is only needed if you have A4 or larger paper and it needs to be cut down)
- Greyboard (Janina recommends 2mm greyboard or you could also use the back of a sketchpad)
- Paper for inside pages - 140gsm cartridge or 130gsm coloured papers
- 1 sheet of A4 coloured card - 290gsm preferably
- Linen thread – approx. 10 feet
- Fabric for the covers - thick cotton works best
- Waxed paper (Janina uses the waxed paper from inside boxes of cereal)
- PVA glue
- Scrap paper for gluing
- Wet strength tissue (approx. 14cm square) OR scrim and brown paper (you only need a small amount of each)
- Thin ribbon for bookmark - approx. 12 inches
You needn't have the materials ready whilst watching the live demonstration – the demo session is a time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will be sent a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.
Links to suppliers
Kits will be available from Janina for this class from mid-October onwards - please check back for details.
The kit will include greyboard, cartridge paper, linen thread, fabric, and wet strength tissue.
Bookbinding tools (bone folder, clip knife)
Hewit - https://www.hewit.com/
Shepherds - https://store.bookbinding.co.uk/store/
Paper, PVA glue, greyboard, other tools
Seawhite - https://www.artesaver.co.uk/
Jacksons - https://www.jacksonsart.com/