Bookbinding Basics

This 3-year cycle of classes is designed to bring students from an introduction to bookbinding through simple structures and historical bindings to enclosures and artistic variations for greater personal expression. Taught by experienced bookbinders and book artists, each class will build on the skills and techniques learned in preceding classes. Beginners are encouraged to attend them in sequence, but enrollment is per class to allow more knowledgeable students to pick and choose the ones they wish to participate in. Classes will cost $25 for members, $35 for non-members, and will be held 6-9pm on the second Wednesday of every month at the CBAS studio in Essex Studios. More detailed information about each class as well as a link to register will be added as class dates approach. Class sizes will be limited so check back often and register early!

Curriculum:

Year 1 – The Basics

Tools and Tips – September 13, 2017
Cradle and Pamphlet Stitch – October 11, 2017
Accordion Books:  Variations on a Theme – November 8, 2017 (click here for further details and Registration)
December Fun (Explosion Books and Ornaments) – December 13th, 2017
Flag Book – January 10, 2018
Piano Hinge/Secret Message Book – February 14, 2018
Stab Binding – March 14, 2018
Adhesive Bindings – April 11, 2018
Exploration of the Long Stitch – May 9, 2018
Continued Exploration of the Long Stitch – June 13, 2018
Sewing on Tapes – July 11, 2018
Secret Belgian Binding – August 8, 2018

Year 2 – Historical Structures and Bindings

Scrolls and Tacket Bindings/Nag Hammadi Binding – September 12, 2018
Palm Leaf Construction – October 10, 2018
Coptic Binding – November 14, 2018
Snowflake Interlude (TBA) – December 12, 2018
Limp Vellum (using paper) Binding – February 13, 2019
Sewing on Packed Cords – March 13, 2019
Cloth Binding on Rounded Spine – Parts 1 & 2, April 10 and May 8, 2019
Cloth Girdle Book – June 12, 2019
Traditional Japanese Bindings with Cloth – July 10, 2019
German Bradel Binding with Leather – August 14, 2019

Year 3 – Enclosures and Creative Adaptations of Basic Bindings

Triangle Accordion Book – September 11, 2019
Whirlwind Binding – October 9, 2019
Caterpillar Stitch – November 13, 2019
Dos a Dos Book – December 11, 2019
Jacob’s Ladder Box– January 8, 2020
Traditional Japanese Box – February 12, 2020
Star/Carousel Book – March 10, 2020
Tethered Blanket Stitched Structure – April 8, 2020
Non-Traditional Slipcases – May 13, 2020
Spine Braiding – June 10, 2020
Exquisite Corpse Book – July 8, 2020
Banker’s Boxes to hold all your models – August 12, 2020

Questions? Please contact us cbasprograms@gmail.com.

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