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Soft cover leather bookbinding - one day workshop

This course has past its finish date but this page will remain available until 1st October 2019.

Duration: One day 10.00 - 4.00

Price: £70

Book with: Rosemary Harper
at Micklems Farm creative workshops

Micklems Farm
Knowl Hill Common
Knowl Hill
RG10 9YD

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About the Course

Learn how to make 2 styles of soft cover leather books, including a little book with ribbon closure, and a Midori style traveller notebook with removable inserts.

For the ribbon close book we will first prepare the inside pages of the book and will cut the leather to size. There will be a demonstration of laminating the inside of the leather with a decorative paper. We will then make the holes for sewing and will sew the pages into the cover using a simple exposed stitch book binding technique, finishing off with eyelets and ribbon close.

The traveller’s style notebook will begin with cutting out the leather cover, and then using a range of different papers to make 3 inserts using your choice of papers and pamphlet stitch binding. There will be an explanation of how to accommodate 1, 3, or 5 removable inserts.

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What's included in the price?

Includes: Materials needed to make two books during the workshop, including leather, linen threads, paper for inside pages, marbled paper for laminating to leather, glue. Tea, coffee and biscuits.

Students to bring: Scissors. Basic drawing tools: pencil, eraser, sharpener. Cutting tools: cutting mat (A3 minimum, or larger if you have it), sturdy cutting or craft knife (please make sure it has a sharp blade so it will cut leather cleanly), metal ruler. Large eye blunt needle eg tapestry needle size 20 or similar.

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 / braddle (for making holes in paper and card), Paper knife / clip knife / shoe knife (for slicing paper).

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

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Course Start Dates

Tuesday 17th September 2019

  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Weekends