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Closed Spine Bookbinding

Closed Spine Bookbinding

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Make your own hardbacked A6 landscape notebook from scratch. This is a traditional style of notebook with hard covers and spine, and covered with fabric. You will have a 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 wet strength 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.

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

If you have any of the following tools please bring them otherwise they can be borrowed from the tutor: Rotary cutter (for cutting fabric), Fabric scissors, Bone folder (for creasing paper), Small awl / braddle (for making holes in paper and card), Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper).

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.

Terms - Fee is payable on booking. If, having booked, you cancel your booking, we are unable to offer a refund. However, you may nominate someone else to attend the workshop or class in your place by notifying us using the contact page on the Micklems Farm website. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date. We will only cancel due to insufficient places sold and you will be refunded the full amount paid.

Level: Beginner

Number of students: 10

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Included on the day:

- Any other materials not specified for the students to bring

- Expert tuition

- 1 to 1 guidance

- Detailed demonstrations

- A selection of tea, freshly brewed coffee, biscuits and delicious cakes

And of course you take your wonderful creations from the day. If you share any photographs of your day here and/or your finished work, we’d love to see them so please tag us in your social media.


Rosemary Harper at Micklems Farm creative workshops
Micklems Farmhouse
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD
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  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners

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