Continuing my obsession with all things related to books, paper and illustration / illumination… Last weekend, I completed a 1-day course in bookbinding at Falkiners – a beautiful shop specialising in handmade papers and bookbinding materials based in London. For anybody interested in learning about bookbinding, I would highly recommend their courses. I learnt so much and had a fantastic day! Plus, I had a beautiful hand-bound book to take home with me. My niece has fallen in love with this notebook, so I think that I’ll gift this one to her. The rest of my family are already putting in their orders! I am planning on hand-binding my sketchpads and notebooks for my PhD work, but we’ll see how it goes… perhaps I’m being a little over-ambitious! Details of the classes at Falkiners on Southampton Row (Holborn) can be found here.
Take a look at the pictures below to give you an idea of how my book was constructed:
Bookbinding materials are laid out on the workspace before the start of the course.
Me, sewing the signatures (inside pages of the book).
Making the book cover, using printed Japanese paper, board and fabric.
Gluing on the decorative cover.
Securing the book block (the stack of signatures) and adding the endpapers.
The completed notebook! I wish I could take credit for the cover design, but I used a beautifully printed Japanese paper. Next stage will be to design and print my own covers – watch this space!