Bookbinding: limp vellum binding

Course Dates: 26/11/19 - 10/12/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Kathy Abbott

This course will introduce you to the techniques for making a flexible and versatile limp vellum binding and equip you with the skills needed to produce a beautiful binding of your own. Some bookbinding experience required.


What is the course about?

Vellum is a beautiful and durable type of calfskin or goatskin used for bookbinding. This intermediate course will teach you how to make a limp (flexible) vellum binding, which will last a lifetime. Learn how to make a beautiful, historically accurate limp (flexible) vellum binding from scratch. The book will be sewn on leather thongs, which lace through the vellum cover, attaching it to the book block. Some bookbinding experience essential.

What will we cover?

You will be taught how to sew the book onto thongs, (on a sewing frame) using a packed sewing technique. You will then round and line the spine, sew plain, wrapped end-bands (head-bands) before being shown how to fold and prepare the vellum for the cover. You will be taught how to attach the book to the cover and shown how to make yapp edges and fore edge ties.

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

- Sew a book onto thongs using a packed sewing technique
- Use a sewing frame
- Round and line a spine
- Sew plain wrapped endbands
- Fold and prepare vellum
- Attach a book block to a vellum cover
- Form Yapp edges and edge ties.

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

The course is aimed at intermediate learners. You should know how to identify grain direction and should have experience in sewing books onto tapes or cords. You should be able to measure, cut and fold accurately.

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

You will be taught as a group by demonstration and instruction. Individual tuition will be given as required.

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

The classroom has some basic tools available but it would be advantageous if you could bring any of the following:
Craft knife or scalpel with 10A blades.
300 mm (12") steel rule.
A set square
A fine, pointed bonefolder or a metal folder
A pair of small dividers
A pricking cradle (if you have one)
Darning needles (say, a packet of sizes 3-9 Millward darning needles).
A thin, pointed bodkin/pricker/awl for making small holes for sewing.
A small, flat, hog’s hair brush (approx. 1cm wide)
A small, clean stencil brush
A small pair of scissors.
A Japanese screw punch (if you have one)
A cotton apron.

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

- VD434 Bradel binding
- VD316 Wooden boarded binding
- VD412 Gold tooling on paper
- VD251 Working with leather: decorative techniques
- VD285 Bookbinding: cross-structure and criss-cross binding
- VD338 Paper marbling.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: VD357

Tue, day, 26 Nov - 10 Dec '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £97.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Download form & post

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2700/2703

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.