Edition Binding – How It All Stacks Up




Instructor: Sandy Tilcock
Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced
Materials Fee: $75.00
Length of workshop: 3 days

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, June 26, 27 and 28, 2019


Workshop description:

Daunted by the task of binding an edition of books you have designed and printed? This workshop is for you! Learn techniques, templates, tips and tricks to help you maintain accuracy and consistency in binding an edition — more importantly, to maintain your sanity in the process. Take pleasure in seeing the stacks grow. The workshop consists of two phases: Phase 1. The instructor will come with a small book edition, printed but unbound. Each workshop participant will be given 3-5 copies to bind, setting up the materials, templates, jigs, for the work to be done. The finished copies will be numbered & signed (if appropriate) and the participant will retain the copies they bind. Phase 2. Each participant is asked to bring a project of their own which they would like to bind as an edition. This may be an unbound book (5 to 10 copies) or materials for a particular binding style, again anticipating 5-10 copies. At the start each person will learn to write a sequence of steps, not unlike assembly instructions for IKEA furniture. They will then organize materials and develop jigs and templates for the binding. All class members are encouraged to offer feedback and participate in brainstorming, promoting insight into solutions for a variety of challenges.

Materials/equipment to be supplied by students:
all materials relevant to their personal project – unbound book, 5 to 10 copies, or materials for a particular binding style, again 5-10 copies, materials for the covers, boards, endpapers, threads, etc. Due to time constraints we will not be able to work with leather
X-acto knife or similar
straight edge
cutting mat
bone folder
standard binding tools

Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
all materials necessary for the group edition binding
materials and equipment to be used for making templates
jigs for participants’ personal projects

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 tie a weaver’s knot
How to sew a kettle stitch
How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components
How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board
How to prepare book for drying

Has made, independent of a class:
Simple sewn text block for codex book
Book sewn on tapes or cords