We are delighted to announce a return to Stapleford Granary where we found the room is just perfect for our marbling/binding day - running water, drying racks and high benches for comfortable binding! Kate Brett from Payhembury Marbled Papers will share her wealth of knowledge and experience during the morning when you will be able to design and produce your own 'marbles' and we will take some of that paper and have it dried, ready for you to produce a beautiful and versatile book structure in the afternoon. All materials and equipment will be available and to give you an idea of productivity, people made 20+ fabulous prints with plans for use - framed pictures and picture mounts, wrapping paper, book covering, card-making, boxes, lampshades and more.
The historic and beautiful 'coptic' binding is a very popular class. The binding allows the book to lie perfectly flat and also to open to 360 degrees, making it popular amongst other things as a journal, travel book or artist sketch book. Also, the exposed spine stitching has enormous visual appeal.
During the day you will learn how to prepare the pages for binding as well as decide on your own personal decorative style for board covering before getting to grips with the stitching. You will also have creative input on the appearance of the spine itself.
Suitable for beginners.
It is very exciting to be running this Gardening/Travel Journal class at the lovely new Lodge Flower and Craft School in Hemingford Grey where booking is now open.
During this one day workshop you will learn to make a ‘washable paper’ binding (this is a vegetarian friendly leather alternative) and have the opportunity to construct your own refillable gardening or travel journal with papers, envelopes and pockets to suit you or it’s lucky recipient. Lots of appropriate cover papers will be available but if you have a special one in mind, please bring it along.
This workshop is suitable for everyone whether your a beginner or are looking to learn a new technique
You will learn new techniques in each 3-hour session to complete four beautiful book structures along with a lined slipcase to hold your treasured prototype collection. All of the skills can be 'mixed and matched' so that you have a myriad of design possibilities.
Week 1: Introduction and Quarter Bound Single Section
Week 2: Concertina Binding
Week 3: Hard Bound Journal
Week 4: Japanese Stab Stitch
Week 5: Lined Slipcase
These classes are booked as a block but if you would like to attend one or more as a 'taster' email me and I can advise you on space availability.
All materials are included in the fee and for this programme you will also be provided with the materials to do your optional 'homework'.
Sew Much to Do has a wonderful crafting room for us to use above the shop. Please be advised that there is one flight of stairs to reach the room.
Parking is available in Ely's public car parks.
These beautiful and versatile structures are a prefect place to start, or continue, your bookbinding journey.
The 5-week programme takes you, step by step, through four new structures
Long Stitch binding,
Wrapper (suitable for use on old and damaged or new books) and Tue-mouche (Posh Paper), all held together in a lined and lidded box. These books make gorgeous gifts and, as with Beginning Bookbinding, the techniques and skills are interchangeable allowing you to develop your own creative finishes.
The class is designed for beginners and it is not necessary to have any previous experience. This series focuses on more 'artsy' structures whilst Beginning Bookbinding focuses on more 'everyday' styles. The classes can be taken in any order.
We will use the beautiful orchard surrounding Stapleford Granary for some of our source materials, and spend the morning creating our cyanotypes. Cyanotypes are negative prints of an object, in this instance flowers/plants, in the recognisable ‘blueprint’ colour. Cyanotypes are produced from a camera-less photographic printing process developed in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, St. John’s College/Cambridge graduate.
Your favourite cyanotype from the morning will then be used as the covering material for your hardbound book made after lunch. This is a wonderful opportunity to create a unique one-off personal design for your book/s.
All materials are provided and you will leave with the skills to continue practicing your own cyanotype photography and to reproduce the style of book again at home.
This binding is one of the earliest 'book' shaped bindings dating back to China in the 14th century. Today these books are used as sketchbooks, notebooks and with a little extra reinforcement, which you will learn in this class, albums or scrapbooks. During this workshop you will learn one of the four stitch styles used in traditional Japanese bookbinding . These are beautiful structures to which you can add a variety of creative finishes. You can also design your own stitch patterns! Suitable for beginners.
This workshop will take place at The Lodge Flower and Craft School, and ideal venue in a wonderful and peaceful location.
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