Eee, I ‘ad a reet nice day out the other day and actually went to a workshop as a student, rather than a teacher. Was even well impressed with what I made too!
Fancy a look?
First up, let me tell you a little about the workshop.
I had been looking for a day workshop on making hardbacked notebookes for a while. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while. After a good old google search I found one near me on craftcourses.com
Hosted by Marion Archibald at the Old Printing Works in Thornton, Fife, it promised me exactly what I was hoping for so I booked, rocked up and took my seat.
First task of the day was a practice run of folding and stitching the inner pages.
Much to learn although I think I managed the folding, marking and punching part Ok.
It was then onto the real thing – eek! This time some lovely quality inner pages hand stitched with book binding thread and some coloured end pages.
Phew! Managed it with one small hiccup that no-one can see, thanks to a canny little tip from Marion, so I reckon, that’ll do. Lol.
Time to add a little sturdiness to the project along with some of the decorative elements.
Mull and end tabs added.
Now for the cover!
Many measurements, and a little careful cutting, later and I had the ‘guts’ of my cover.
Next, some book binding fabric to make it look professional. Some mental and physical agility required…
Happy with that though. It was starting to look like a book!
Decorative cover papers next. I went for an old map page as I do like the colours in it. No significance to the places though.
More measuring, cutting, gluing and a very interesting note about how the outer corners were formed and … ta-daaa!
Didn’t realise that these papers went on top of the fabric spine as I’d always assumed that the fabric spine covered the papers – does make for a much cleaner look so I’m very glad of that little tid-bit of info.
Finally, to stick it all together. It could all go boobs up here!
Thankfully not noticeably so.
Really loved the little details of the ribbon and the end tabs – proper professional looking.
My first actual hard backed hand stitch hand covered notebook!
I’ve obviously totally forgotten all of the instructions but I cannot tell you how much of a joy the day was. Not just because Marion was a patient and thoroughly good host but because it was awesome to have a little time to just make for the sake of it and come away with something that I was proud of.
Very invigorating indeed!
What do you think? Something for you next year maybe?
I know for a fact that I have the bug now and will likely need to go make some decorative papers to make some 100% unique books.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!
Bye for now.