Today there was a gathering of bookbinders at Preseli Community learning centre in Crymych for more bookbinding challenges and fun.
After a long day of glueing, sewing, cutting and folding everyone went home clutching beautiful sketchbooks.
Leftover pieces of bluebird wallpaper recreated especially for the refurbishment of Cardigan Castle have turned into a special edition of hardback books. Containing various papers of use for writing, drawing or watercolour you can now find them in the castle shop.
Spend a fun day learning how to make
Participants can expect to return home
with three books having learnt the basic techniques used to make
simple pamplets with soft covers using longstitch, concertina books
with hard covers and ribbon ties and books with stab-stitch bindings.
For this workshop a few oddments of
beads/lace/coloured sewing threads or wool may be useful to decorate
and finish your books
Casebound Sketchbook June 9th
Make a A5 sketch book or notebook (portrait orientation) containing
around 160 writing or drawing surfaces of good quality, acid free
In just one day you will learn all necessary techniques to create a
beautiful volume to your own design. The functional hardback covers
are decorated with your own choice of paper before the spine is
reinforced and bound with a matching cloth binding. Optional
finishing touches include reinforced corners, place markers and fly
Coptic Binding July 16th
Coptic bound books are constructed with
decorative chain stitching across the spine and open flat when laid
on a table. A little looser than a casebound book this allows for
the addition of photographs or pictures to be added at a later date
without stressing the spine.
We will be making an A5 book (portrait
orientation) containing around 160 writing or drawing surfaces of
good quality cartridge, maybe adding some coloured or patterned
sheets to create dividers and all contained within hard covers.
Participants are asked to provide an A3
or two A4 sheets of suitable paper to wrap the cover boards- this
will give their book a really personal finish.
A magical, miniature world contained
inside a book.
This workshop re-cycles pictures from
magazines to create an intriguing tunnel book. Let your imagination
run wild as you combine pictures to create unlikely scenes using
Concertina folds of paper support
collaged scenes to create a miniature theatre. Viewed through a
single window an imaginary 3 dimensional landscape is revealed.