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Nicky Oliver: Sewn Endbands

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

In this workshop Nicky will focus on two basic styles of headbands: the single and double core. Devised for the beginner and for those wanting to learn a basic, yet effective technique. The hand-sewn headband compared with the machine-made “stick-on” version adds strength to the head and tail of your book. It also allows you...

£30

Julian Thomas: Leather gilding and embossing

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

The morning will be spent viewing a demonstration of making albumen glaire and embossing blocks, using plastic, plaster and wood, followed by gilding and embossing calfskin in a nipping press, using a variety of materials to achieve differing textures. Other methods of blocking and decorating gilded or embossed leather will be explained. During the afternoon...

£30

Arthur Green: Repair of cloth-covered adhesive case bindings

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

Cloth-covered adhesive case bindings have become ubiquitous since the 19th century, all but replacing in-board binding. These books survive in vast numbers, often in need of repair. Arthur will examine these structures, and demonstrate the process of repairing a cloth case binding; he will discuss his choice of materials and explain the advantages of his...

Nesta Davies: Leather notebook with magnetic closure

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

In this workshop we will make a small leather notebook, with a wrap around cover / fore edge flap with magnetic closure. The leather will be ready split and cut ready to go. We will line it with Japanese paper and cut to size. The cover is glued on and wrapped around a sewn text...

£30

Lynne Connolly: The Spider Book and The Crown Book

On-line workshop

* * * * * This is an on-line workshop * * * * * Based on Hedi Kyle’s folded paper structures, in this workshop we will make two contemporary albums that allow you to insert artwork, photographs, postcards, paper samples etc. The Spider Book, so called as it resembles a spider when viewed from...

£30

Regional AGM, plus extras!

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk from Barry Clark about his approach to Making books for Craft Fairs; and in the afternoon session we will have a hands-on practical knife sharpening session with Simeon Jones. Plus bargains from the regional shop, and surplus kit and materials from other members available. No booking, no charge,...

£30

Barry Clark – Beginners’ workshop: A Bookbinding Workshop with a difference!

The Portico Library 57 Mosely St, Manchester, United Kingdom

Course fee includes provision of tools, materials, refreshments and a light lunch. More information and booking details on the Portico website: https://www.theportico.org.uk/event-calendar This talk is part of the region’s 50th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Society of Bookbinders in Manchester in 1974.

£80

Dominic Riley: Edge Decoration

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

Everyone is familiar with - and awed by - the gilded edge. But gilding takes many years of practice to master. However, book edges have been decorated by other methods for centuries, and these styles of edge treatments are, by contrast, extremely easy to learn. In fact, you can become proficient at all of them...

£30

Michael Burke: An Italian Paper Case

Community Centre, Kelsall Chester Road, Kelsall

Flexible or limp bindings have been made widely in Europe for many hundreds of years. About one in ten medieval books had a limp binding. Limp bindings were made extensively for libraries and archives. Over the course of the sixteenth century, the covers of limp bindings became more commonly reinforced with pasteboard inserts but the...

£30

Barry Clark – Beginners’ workshop: Making a multi-section hardback

The Portico Library 57 Mosely St, Manchester, United Kingdom

Working with local bookbinder Barry Clark you will make a hardback notebook suitable for writing or sketching. First, we will make the flat-back sewn book block, with tipped-on plain endpapers. We’ll add endbands and spine linings. We will then make a cloth and decorative paper covered case (the covers) incorporating a French groove. Finally the...

£80