What is the course about?
The bradel binding originated in the eighteenth century and is a form of case binding. What makes this different
from the standard case binding is that the boards are attached to the book before covering which allows for more precise positioning. The bradel spine is constructed around a hollow made from stiff paper and can be covered
in paper,cloth or for those with more experience, leather. There is also the option to create a binding where the
boards are made from a contrasting material to the spine and there will be the opportunity to spend some time
creating your own paste papers for this purpose.
What will we cover?
On this course we will cover the following techniques:
- sewing up a text block on to tapes
- gluing up the spine
- trimming the book
- rounding and backing
- rolled headbands
- spine linings
- attaching boards
- making decorative cover papers
- covering in paper and cloth
- we will also look at the history and examples of the bradel binding.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Prepare and 'forward' (sew, glue. Trim. Round and back) a book block ready for case binding
- Attach boards, linings and a hollow to create a bradel binding structure
- Cover your book using appropriate materials
- Explore the history of bradel binding structure and some structural variants.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels although some experience of bookbinding techniques will be helpful. The ability to use hand tools confidently, possibly some experience in sewing multi-section books and trimming, rounding and backing a book would be an advantage.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught by practical demonstrations, supported by handouts and individual tuition.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring your own tool kit if you have one, an apron, notebook and sharp pencil.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
- VD410 Beginning miniature binding
- VD285 Cross-structure and criss-cross bindings
- VD316 Wooden boarded binding
- VD338 Paper marbling
- VD435 Bookbinding for beginners: simple leather binding
- VD251 Working with Leather: decorative techniques.