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Japanese book making

You'll go home with three books, one hard cover with a hinge and the others with soft covers

About the Course

I'm hoping workshops will resume in the autumn but meanwhile stay safe and well.

This one-day workshop is fun and friendly, and suitable for both complete beginners or those who have some experience of making books and want to try a new technique. You’ll take home at least three stunning books in the Japanese stab binding style, one hard cover and the others soft cover, and the skills to make more at home. Perfect for journals, scrapbooks, lists or even famously short Japanese Haiku poems

The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. Start by making a simple soft cover two-hole book with a silk tassel. Then we’ll move onto four-hole bindings, each a little more ornate than the previous one. Finally you’ll make a hardcover book using the same binding skills but introducing some new techniques. You can choose from a gorgeous range of plain or decorative paper for the covers as well as threads in a rainbow of colours.

You’ll learn the following skills during the workshop:

Finding the grain of the paper
Designing and making templates
Using an awl or Japanese screw punch to make the holes
Making security stitches
Using glue to attach paper to the cover board
Preparing a hardcover with a built-in hinge
Binding in various traditional Japanese styles

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?

All materials are included. There will be lots of tea/coffee and homemade cake but please bring a packed lunch.

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Lynne Friel at Lynne Friel
Westhampnett Road
West Sussex
PO19 7HW
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- - #25693

This is the third course I have done with Lynne - she is an excellent tutor, endlessly patient and it was quite an honour for me to be at her first Japanese book workshop with Jayne. I came home with three pretty little books, two softback and one hardback with a hinged cover and have already thought of so many uses for making more! I felt that the three of us overcame a couple of small technical difficulties by bouncing ideas off each other and it was a thoroughly enjoyable day which just whizzed by. I have already recommended Lynne's workshops to friends and hope to do another myself in the future.

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- - #25596

So having previously completed a leather journal workshop with Lynne I have now done Japanese stab binding. This is endlessly fascinating to me. I came home with three completed, absolutely beautiful books. I find this an absolutely stunning result. Lynne is a great teacher, patience without limit, which frankly is a requirement with me in a classroom. I don't know how she does it. I learned exactly what I wanted to learn so it was terrific. Because she is as she is, one feels able to have another go, at home or another workshop. I felt I could be myself and ask questions. Over and over. And I met Angie who I just loved straight away. One of the most wonderful things was the range of choice for one's books. So many papers and colours and threads. It's like no two books need ever be the same.

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