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Level 1 - TRISTAN & ISOLDE - 18th & 19th April 2020

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Rounded Back and Flat Back Case Binding
TUTOR: Isabelle McGowan
DATES: 18th & 19th April 2020
TIME: 9.30am. – 3.00pm
COST: $300

This course is for anyone with an interest in hand binding. It is a very thorough course providing essential skills that will take you through your whole binding journey. It is also a great refresher course for those who have learnt binding elsewhere or wish to pursue bookbinding again after a break.

Ideally you would have completed an Introductory course in Bookbinding.

Please note, good eye/hand coordination and good dexterity are necessary for this course as sharp knives are used in the cutting of board and paper.
You will be shown correct procedure in the use of these tools but good co-ordination will assure accurate cutting and prevention of injury.

Course Information:
The case binding is a way of making books whereby the cover (the case) is made separately from the text block and then attached to it. This course is designed to provide a good working knowledge of materials and techniques for a novice or beginner binder.
You will develop skills in both the production and design of hand made books enabling you to go onto more complex and experimental bindings. The course focuses on the making of two case binding. You will learn to cover one with full cloth and end papers and the other with quarter cloth and decorative paper. You will learn skills fundamental to hand bookbinding and be able to repeat and practice all the skills learned.

Course content
Traditional book structures are explored, using materials that will endure over time. You will get to use a variety of tools and materials, and learn how to apply them to the sewing and construction of your book.

Learning outcome:
By the end of this course you should be able to:
• Complete two styles of case bound books hand sewn, with hardcovers.
• Learn grain direction, paper cutting, sewing sections and covering
• Attach head bands
• Select and use appropriate covering materials and papers for making books

All materials and tools are supplied at the Bindery


Holding deposit confirms your place and are non-refundable. Should you change your mind, it is transferable within 12 months onto another course or in credit for materials and tools. You will receive an invoice for the rest of the amount owing 2 weeks before the commencement of class.

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