Published March 30, 2020

Bookbinding Core Skills Workshop Series

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 (VCB) will award a Certificate of Basic Skills in Bookbinding. VCB members who hold the certificate may use VCB equipment for their personal bookbinding projects.

Class 1: Tools, Materials, and Processes – Pamphlet Books in Many Forms
Instructor: Jane Freeman
Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools (bone folder, awl, needle, mat, Xacto knife, ruler), shop equipment (board shear, paper cutter, nipping press), materials (cover and text paper, adhesives, threads), processes (cutting, folding, basic stitching, punching, making jigs, using adhesives), and the vocabulary of bookbinding.
Participants complete three softcover books: two single-signature and one double signature.

Class 2: Refining Basic Skills & Developing Craft – Portfolio and Small Book Construction
Instructor: Jane Freeman
Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to build skills of board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives. Using book board, decorative paper, text paper, and book cloth, participants will make a small accordion book and a 10 x 12 portfolio with tie closure.  Participants will then adapt the basic portfolio structure and size to make either a single signature journal or a notepad holder.  Working through the portfolio’s complexity prepares participants for case binding in Classes 3 and 4.

Class 3: Making a Case-Bound Book: A Step-by-Step Approach 
Instructor: Yolanda Merrill
Class 3 builds on classes 1 and 2.
We will start with a short introduction to the case-bound book, its history, and mechanics.
Participants will learn how to sequence the making of this structure and will end the day with a fully finished case-bound book.
Materials will be pre-cut for this class. All materials and a detailed handout will be provided.

Class 4: The continuation of class 3.
Participants will make a second case-bound book, using their handout as a guide.
They can decide on the size and cover material of this book and are free to experiment with decorative paper brought from home.
The instructor will do less hand-holding, encouraging the students to think things through on their own.
We aim to have the second book finished as well.

Core Bookbinding Intensive – Intensive Details
Instructors: Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merril
Schedule: Four Classes, Date TBD (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
Registration Fee for four-day intensive includes materials
*UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class
(Additional decorative papers may be available for purchase)
Binding tools, brushes, and glue will be available for in-class use.
Additional course information contact: Garrett Queen:

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