Back to reality from 3 glorious days at Sitka. What a wonderful place to go. I highly recommend taking a workshop there. Great staff, incredible location, good facilities and wonderful instructors.
I took a workshop from print/bookmaker Ann Kresge on the basics of bookbinding. I needed this workshop a couple of years ago, but I’m happy to have finally connected with the basics.
Introduction to books: The workshop started out by learning important basics; tools, terminology of book parts, book types (there are many!), adhesives and paper/board information (grain etc) . I had not a clue about paper grain/cross grain and its effects on warping after gluing. No wonder my pieces get a bit funky! Your grain needs to run from head to tail ( book cover board too). Adhesives are also important. We used a 50/50 mix of PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and Methyl Cellulose paste. This adds more flexibility in the end product. Another “ah HA” moment!
Day 1 book focus: Accordion and how to cover the boards, miter corners etc…
Hard cover 2 section accordion
Day 2: Japanese Stab Binding
3 holed pamphlet “figure 8” sewn binding
Japanese 4 hole binding “Yotsumi Toji” with corners
Hemp-Leaf Stab Binding “Asa no-ha Toji” with corners
Day 3: Concertina, Tunnel & Composite Bindings
Hard Covered Concertina : Very fun!
Tunnel Book w/ Concertina Spine paper : didn’t finish but folded sides and collected cardstock
French Doors : produced 2 books
All the books together.