In this workshop, you will be delighted by what you can achieve and learn in one day. The focus will be on core skills and knowledge of materials that are fundamental to Bookbinding: how to fold sheets, finding and using the grain of the paper, cutting card, gluing and sewing methods while making two beautiful books.

Over the day you will create:

A 5-hole single section pamphlet book

In this project you will learn the importance of accurate hand-skills, understanding the terminology of a book and putting it into practice. The section or ‘signature’ is the basic building block of many binding styles. It is a group of sheets folded in half, to be worked into the binding as a unit. It forms the basis for many other book structures that use multiple sections.

A Japanese Stab Binding with a hardcover and an integrated flexible cloth hinge, with a decorative paper cover

In a stab binding the body of the book is a stack of single sheets rather than a folded signature. Therefore, stab bindings allow you to make books that are not possible with other bindings. In a stab-bound book, you could use a mix of different paper weights, textures, and colours. This is a great method of binding together single pages of your artwork, calligraphy, photography, writing or making beautiful sketchbooks and notebooks. The Japanese style of stab books is characterized by a decorative stitch pattern on the book spine and on the cover.The aim of this course is to familiarise you with the necessary knowledge, techniques, and hands on experience so you can start to make your own books. Simple bookbinding requires no heavy equipment.

To book a place, please register at canberrabookbinders@gmail.com.

Date Saturday 22nd May, 2021, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue Hughes Community Centre

Fee Members $60  Non-members $100

All materials to construct the books will be provided and there will be a selection of decorative papers to choose from, to finish your books in style.

A list of what to bring will be sent after you have registered for the course.