You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.
Week 1: Introduction and Quarter bound Binding
Week 2: Concertina Binding
Week 3: Hardbound Journal
Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
Week 5: Lined Slipcase
These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability.
All materials are included in the fee and for this programme you will also be provided with the materials to do your optional 'homework'.
Sew Much to Do has a wonderful crafting room for us to use above the shop. Please be advised that there is one flight of stairs to reach the room.
Parking is available in Ely's public car parks.
These beautiful and versatile structures are a prefect place to start, or continue, your bookbinding journey.
The 5-week programme takes you, step by step, through four new structures
Long stitch binding,
Wrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and Tue-mouche (Posh Paper), all held together in a lined and lidded box. These books make gorgeous gifts and, as with Beginning Bookbinding, the techniques and skills are interchangeable allowing you to develop your own creative finishes.
The class is designed for beginners and it is not necessary to have any previous experience. This series focuses on more 'artsy' structures whilst Beginning Bookbinding focuses on more 'everyday' styles. The classes can be taken in any order.
We will use the beautiful orchard surrounding Stapleford Granary for some of our source materials, and spend the morning creating our cyanotypes. Cyanotypes are negative prints of an object, in this instance flowers/plants, in the recognisable ‘blueprint’ colour. Cyanotypes are produced from a camera-less photographic printing process developed in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, St. John’s College/Cambridge graduate.
Your favourite cyanotype from the morning will then be used as the covering material for your hardbound book made after lunch. This is a wonderful opportunity to create a unique one-off personal design for your book/s.
All materials are provided and you will leave with the skills to continue practicing your own cyanotype photography and to reproduce the style of book again at home.
We are delighted to announce a return to Stapleford Granary where we found the room is just perfect for our marbling/binding day - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! Kate Brett from Payhembury Marbled Papers will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more.
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