Yesterday I attended a bookbinding workshop. How hard could it be? Sounded easy. NOT, very I found out. Especially when we had to cover all those prongs. Aaauugh!
This workshop was a lot harder than the little blurb describing it let on.
It was mainly that there were a lot of steps. If you love fidddling, then this is the workshop for you.
Other than that, the workspace was great. It was in a gallery, (la de da).I liked working in a large space with all kinds of inspiration surrounding me. The area was Gastown, so there's lots of great cafes for after.
Okay, so more about the workshop itself. Suzan, our capable teacher had already folded signatures for us. She also upcycled some colourful hanging folders for the covers. When cut out they look kind of like , little kid versions of jellyfish.
Basically I had to make a corresponding jellyfish. Then fit the 2 pieces together like when you're clasping your hands together. That is represented by the wine coloured paper.
Just like the old saying, "it was well worth it in the end."
It was a really good workshop and well taught. Suzan Lee was a great and ever patient teacher even staying on to help us finish up our books. The environment was wonderful. Our hosts gave us snackies and coffee. I was really happy with how my book turned out.
Now onto the next workshop. 'A Venetian Portfolio'. Can't wait.
My continuing 6 year journey. into the world of bookbinding.
The Guild of Book Workers USA
MILLIMETER BINDINGS henryhebert.net/2012/01/11/millimeter-and-rubow-bindings
HAND SEWN HEADBANDS
Be sure to check out the bookbinding blogs too.
They often have tutorials
BIG JUMP PRESS
Beautiful books and boxes in Finland
Portugal - leather tooling
OWL AND LION
Bookbinding workshops in Scotland
Forum & lots of info
BECCA MAKING FACES
Examples and TUTs of every Japanese stitch in the world