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An Introduction to Traditional Sewing Techniques with Richard Nichols

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

 “Sewing is perhaps the most important of the many operations that go to complete the binding of a book, for all that follows is built upon it, and, if the sewing is weak, adding strength and weight to the cover will only shorten the life of the book as a whole”

Alex J. Vaughan, Modern Bookbinding, 1929

We will explore how the elements of the sewing structure work together to suit different binding styles. Structures will be demonstrated that show the variables of paper thickness, thread thickness and type of sewing support and how these affect the choices that are made by the binder.

Participants will be provided with ready folded sections to sew three structures of their choice, with extra sections available to purchase if required.

Cost of materials: £14

Tools list: a sewing frame and keys**, sewing needles, fine bodkin or mounted needle, scissors, bonefolder, rule, pencil, small weight

**we can provide sewing frames – please let Sue know when booking if you will need to borrow a sewing frame.**

Participation in the workshop is dependant on your having paid in advance.

Sue will e-mail those who book and request that they confirm their place and make payment for the workshop plus materials. We would prefer direct transfer to our bank account, but a cheque sent promptly to Sue would be ok.(exact details will be in the e-mail). You will need to confirm and pay within one week, so that Sue can offer any newly vacant places to those on the waiting list. Should anyone have to cancel after payment has been made we will refund provided we have been able to fill the place; if we are unable to refund we would endeavour to provide a set of the notes and the materials as a fall back.

We are expecting to welcome observers who will pay on the day.

Our updated Covid Guidelines will be circulated nearer the time depending on government announcements.



July 17
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sue Wood
07974 709664