This Saturday from 9am-12pm, I will be teaching a Recycled Bookbinding class at the Shedd-Porter Library in Alstead, NH. This class is FREE, no joke…all materials are provided, you just have to show up! Seriously, it’s a good deal. If you have ever wanted to explore bookbinding, this is a great place to start. All levels of artists/crafters are welcome. (Call 603-835-6661 to sign up, class is filling up quickly so call today!)
In this class we will deconstruct a discarded hard cover library book. Gather and fold a variety of new and old papers for the inside. Then sew the new papers onto a ribbon or seam binding. Once this is complete we will attach it to the library book cover. You will love making something new (and very unique) out of something old.
Here are some photos of journals I have made using this technique:
In the above two samples, after sewing the signatures (groups of pages) to the ribbon, the ribbon is pulled through slits cut in the book and tied.
In the below two samples, the covers were cut into a front and back cover (removing the original binding) and the sewn pages were attached to the cover using glue and brads.
It’s your choice on how you want your book to be created!
I also want to thank all the people that chatted with me (and purchased books and artwork!) at the Cheshire Craftsmen Fair last weekend. It was nice to hear so many compliments on the assortment AND quality of the crafts at the fair.
Have a great day and (if you live in the area) hope too see you in class!