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Bookbinding - make a sketchbook / notebook (closed spine), a one day workshop with Janina Maher, at the Henley School of Art

Duration: 10am - 4pm

Price: £65

Run by: Jo Harris
at The Henley on Thames School of Art

The Studio
30c Hart Street
Henley on Thames

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About the Course

Make your own hardbacked A6 landscape sketchbook or notebook from scratch.

This is a traditional style of notebook with stiff covers and spine covered in fabric and your choice of white or coloured inside pages.

We will start the day 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.

The next stage will be preparation of the covers, cutting these from greyboard, and covering with your choice from a selection of thick cotton fabrics

The final stage is assembly of the book, which is then pressed under weights until dry.

All steps are fully demonstrated and there will be group and individual help and support

Things for students to bring:

Jam jar
Glue brush (½ inch stencil brush is ideal)
Drawing tools: Pencil, eraser, sharpener
Blunt ended sewing needle with large eye (e.g tapestry needle).
Cutting tools: Cutting mat (A3 or bigger if possible), craft or cutting knife (scalpel is too delicate), metal ruler.
Waxed paper to press your book and to carry your book home. The waxed paper from cereal packets works well for this.

The following tools can be borrowed from the tutor but if you have them please bring them to avoid the need for sharing.

Bone folder (for creasing paper)
Small awl / bradawl (for making holes in paper and card)
Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper)

There is a materials cover charge of £5 payable to the tutor on the day.

Extra tools & materials:
The £5 cover charge includes all materials needed to make one book during the workshop. If you would like further materials to make a second book at home there will be a charge of £5 payable on the day.

A small selection of tools and linen threads will also be available to purchase on the day, if desired.

To book this course please go to the Henley School of Art's Website using the "button" link above and look for the Workshops page.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Use of tools, tuition, refreshments and music!

Please see the description above for more details of items that you will need to bring with you.

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 2nd June 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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