ONLINE Bookbinding: French Link Stitch with Padded Fabric Covers - Wed 15th June at 2pm
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.
Wed 15th June 2pm - 3:30pm workshop demo
Wed 29th June 2pm - 3pm feedback & follow up session
This LivePlus™ online workshop is suitable for beginners and those who have made books before.
French link stitch is a traditional and easy way of stitching a hand made book. In this workshop you will learn how to make a book from scratch, with an added twist of a padded fabric cover. This style of book has a flexible spine and the pages can be opened completely flat.
Janina will demonstrate all the steps for making your own book from scratch, using a decorative French link stitch for the binding and unusual padded fabric covers. The demonstration version will be A6 portrait book with cartridge paper for the inside pages.
This style of binding is very versatile and the books can be made thicker, with more pages, and with optional bookcloth reinforcement, or to a different size. They can also be made with paper, rather than fabric on the covers.
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 given a link to the recording, which you can watch as many times as you wish for thirty days.
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 glue
- Measuring and cutting grey board covers
- Making book cloth
- Covering the book with padding and 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 tools: Cutting mat, sharp and sturdy cutting knife or craft knife), metal ruler, scissors
- Drawing tools: Sharp pencil, pencil eraser
- 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 glue brush
- 2 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)
Materials for A6 portrait book
- 2 pieces of greyboard 15cm high and 11 cm wide, grain vertical – Janina uses 2mm greyboard. You could also use the back of a sketchpad
- 15 sheets A4 cartridge paper for inside pages – Janina uses 140gsm cartridge
- 1 sheet of A4 coloured card for the end papers - Janina uses 290gsm card
- Linen thread – approx. 10 feet
- Waxed paper –the waxed paper from inside boxes of cereal is ideal
- PVA – use good quality (not too runny)
- Scrap paper for gluing
- 2 pieces of fabric for the covers each a generous 21cm high and 15cm wide. Close weave fabric eg patchwork cotton, or cotton fabric from Ikea which is a bit thicker
- Fabric glue eg Mod Podge
- Wadding if you are doing the padded cover version
If you are using a thin cotton fabric you will also need:
- Wet strength tissue or bookbinding tissue to back the fabric
- Rigid sheet of acrylic / Perspex larger than the fabric
- Clean roller eg lino printing roller
Links to suppliers
Janina has produced a kit to accompany this class which can be purchased by clicking here. Kits include cartridge paper, greyboard, fabric, coloured card, wadding, linen thread and waxed paper
Bookbinding tools (bone folder, clip knife, awl, decorative papers, linen thread):
Paper, PVA glue, Mod Podge fabric glue, other tools, acrylic / perspex sheet:
- Seawhites- https://www.artesaver.co.uk/
- Jacksons - https://www.jacksonsart.com/
- Hobby craft - https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/
Wet strength tissue (if you are using a thin fabric for the cover):
Patchwork fabric, quilt wadding: