Basic Bookbinding Techniques

June 7

with Valerie Bridgeman


Learn basic bookbinding skills while making several journal structures for writing or sketching.
Participants will begin by decorating a cover to be used for one of the handmade books. Then you will make a couple of simple tools needed for binding books. Next, you will learn some basic bookbinding techniques as you work your way along the process, including the pamphlet stitch.

Several different types of notebooks can be made once you learn these basic techniques. Some examples are a single signature book with French spine, notebook with wrapped cover, and the double pamphlet notebook.

Participants will make several books to take home by the end of the day

Student supplied materials list:

Cutting mat*
Xacto or Olfa type cutting knife, the kind with snap-off blades.
Ruler with metal edge
An old brick*
Bring any sheets of heavy decorative paper to try as a cover for one of your books, if you have it. (Not necessary, I’ll have some for you to use)
*I have extras to lend if you let me know

Materials Fee payable to instructor $8.

Duration of the course: 1 day, 9 am – 4 pm.
Student Level: beginner
Maximum Number of participants: 6
Language: English and French
Instructor: Valerie Bridgeman