Basic Cloth Repair





Instructor: Sam Ellenport
Skill Level: Intermediate
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 1 day

Date: Sunday, June 30, 2019



Workshop description:

This one-day workshop will introduce students to the basic techniques of repairing cloth books of lesser to middling value, books which do not always warrant the use of techniques that meet the higher standards of the American Institute of Conservation. However, almost all techniques shown will be reversible and will use non-acidic materials. Areas covered in the class will include repairing split joints, detached covers, relining and strengthening spines, reinforcing text blocks, and reusing original covers. Simple solutions for broken sewing, detached pages and split signatures will also be discussed, as will corner damage to covers. The idea of the workshop is to make broken books usable in a pragmatic and efficient way. Students are encouraged to bring in several books with varying problems for either hands-on treatment or discussion.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
bone folder
straight edge
box-cutter knife
paste brush (also a small brush will be useful)
waste paper
PVA adhesive
weights (paper-covered bricks provided by FOBA)
plastic containers for paste
paper towels
small books for repair — covers loose or off, endleaves and joints broken, corners damaged

self-healing mat

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
various handouts
binders’ board
chip board
lining material and endleaf stock
wax paper
bull dog clips

Prerequisite experience/skills needed for this class:
How to thread a needle and wax the thread  
How to fold paper using a bone folder and assemble signatures
How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board
Students should have experience, even if minor, in using a paste brush and bone folder, but no special skills are involved