Exploring Bookbinding

In this four week class, we will explore traditional bookbinding structures some very modern materials and techniques. This is a great class for an introduction into the world of making books. You will gain a solid foundation in basic binding techniques as well as comfort with various tools and materials.

What you will learn:

  • The basic hand skills of cutting, folding and sewing various materials

  • Different papers and other materials used in bookbinding

  • Several different types of bindings based on historic structures and techniques

  • Sources for materials, tools, and instructional guidance for future learning

Required supplies:

  • Bone folder

  • Stiff bristle brush for gluing (at least 1” can be synthetic)

  • Olfa cutting knife (or X-acto) with blades

  • Scissors

  • Self healing cutting mat

  • Straight edge, or metal ruler

  • Pencil

  • White eraser

  • Empty container for glue (for example a yogurt container, but should have lid)

  • Decorative paper