Bookbinding: binding on stubs

Course Dates: 24/07/24 - 07/08/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
A stub binding is an excellent way to bind books that cannot be rounded and backed, or which have illustrations that cross the centre fold. Stubs can also be used to bind individual pieces of paper into a book. A stub binding allows the pages of a book to open freely – right back to the centre-fold, and once learned, this technique can be used with many traditional and contemporary binding styles.
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Bookbinding: binding on stubs
This course is full
  • Course Code: VD375
  • Dates: 24/07/24 - 07/08/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Wed, Daytime
  • Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Kathy Abbott

Course Code: VD375

Full Wed, day, 24 Jul - 07 Aug '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This three-day course will introduce you to two different ways of folding stubs, then sewing sections/pages to them and binding them together to make two books.

What will we cover?

We will be making two types of stubs: individual folded stubs and then a concertina stub. Firstly, you will be shown how to prepare and fold the individual stubs and then taught where this type of stub is best used. You will make simple made-endpapers, before going on to fold a second stub; a concertina. You will be shown how to sew the stubs to the sections/pages of your book, how to sew the stubs together to make a binding and how to sew endpapers to the stub. We will then explore how you wish to bind each of these stub bindings.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Measure and fold two different types of stubs accurately.
• Know the suitability of each of these stubs for your bindings.
• How to sew the stubs onto tapes
• How to make simple made endpapers and sew them to the each stub binding.
• Know different ways to bind the stubs.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for any level but would have particular relevance for those who have bound a book before. You will need to be able to measure and fold accurately.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by demonstration, individual and group tuition. Handouts will be provided via Google classroom, but you will be expected to take your own notes.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All materials will be provided, and though the classroom is well equipped, it is always useful to have your own hand tools.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

VD370 Fine binding masterclass I: end papers
VD409 Visible stitches, spectacular spines: experiments in exposed sewing
VD300 Gold tooling on leather
VD327 Bookbinding: Box making.

Kathy Abbott Tutor Website

Kathy Abbott served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained a Higher National Diploma from the London College of Printing, London (UK) followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton University, Surrey (UK). She teaches advanced level Fine Binding and Bookbinding: Intermediate and Higher at the City Lit, London and conducts many other workshops across the UK and overseas. Kathy opened her own bookbinding workshop in London in 1997, where she specializes in Islamic book conservation, western book conservation and contemporary fine binding, and is also a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge, to produce high quality and intelligent bookbinding work. She is a founder member of Tomorrow's Past, an international bookbinding collective and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010. Her work is held in both private and public collections and her work is exhibited widely.

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