A soft leather journal is a coveted accessory for writers, artists and explorers. This practical day will introduce you to the materials and techniques involved in making a long stitch binding. You will learn about the properties and characteristics of the materials you will be using, and how to ascertain their suitability for the binding. There will also be an introduction to the tools and equipment involved and their correct handling.
As you learn how to design and make your book, you will cover the techniques and skills required to select and prepare the materials, measure and design the cover with a soft leather cover and fastening strap, and assemble your journal. This includes
- How to fold paper into sections ready for sewing.
- Select and prepare leather for the binding.
- Use basic long stitch sewing techniques.
Each process will be demonstrated to the group, then you will work on your own binding with individual help from the tutor. The aim is to complete one finished book, with the opportunity to experiment with other materials if time allows.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Kate Holland studied bookbinding at London College of Printing and is a multi award-winning artist
bookbinder, specialising in contemporary fine bindings to commission or for exhibition. She uses traditional materials and techniques to produce a unique, modern binding that reflects the text, illustrations and typeface of the book.