Bookbinding Core Skills: 2019/20 Classes

October 5 - 27

Virginia Center for the Book at the Jefferson School City Center

Virginia Center for the Book, 233 4th Street NW Charlottesville, VA 22903

Bookbinding Core Skills
Four Classes – offered in Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer
Contact Garrett Queen: [email protected] for more information
UVa Education Benefit Eligible*

This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.
At the completion of the series, the Virginia Center for the Book will award a Certificate of Basic Skills in Bookbinding. VABC members who hold the certificate may use the book center’s equipment for their personal bookbinding projects.

Class 1:  Tools, Materials, and Processes
Instructor: Jane Freeman

Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools (bone folder, awl, punching cradle, needle, mat, Xacto knife, ruler), shop equipment (board shear, paper cutter, nipping press), materials (cover and text paper, adhesives, threads), and processes (cutting, folding, basic stitching, punching).   Participants will complete three softcover books – two single-signature books and one double signature book – and an accordion book.

Class 2:  Refining Basic Skills and Developing Craft
Instructor: Jane Freeman
Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to develop skills of board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives.  Participants will make a large portfolio with tie closure.   Then, using the hardcover portfolio structure, participants will make either a single signature journal or a notepad holder.  Working through the portfolio’s complexity prepares participants for the last two classes in the series.   Familiarity and independence with shop equipment and varied materials are class goals.

Class 3: Construct a Case Bound Book
Instructor: Yolanda Merrill
Using pre-cut materials, participants will make a case bound book with sewn signatures, endbands, label window, and a cloth cover. The emphasis for Day 3 is on materials, technique, and skill practice.

Class 4: Refining Binding Skills (Class 3 continued)
Instructor: Yolanda Merrill
Using the handouts from Day 3, participants will make a second casebound book, choosing either cloth or paper for the cover. Participants can determine the size of the book and will work through the processes more independently but with instructor guidance.  Included in the Day 4 class is a demonstration of decorative cover embossing.

Core Bookbinding Intensive –  Details
Instructors: Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill
Schedule: Four Classes, Dates TBD
Location: Virginia Center for the Book, first floor of the Jefferson School.  (map: Jefferson School City Center)
Registration Fee for four-day intensive: $380 members/$445 non-members
*UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class #000000 (must use non-member price).
• Workshop fee includes online registration and cost of all materials
• Binding tools, brushes, and glue will be available for in-class use
Class Size: Limited to seven students
Additional course information contact: Garrett Queen: [email protected]