Starsmead Books: Workshops
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Bookbinding Workshops

Workshop Dates

April - June 2019
These will take place in the lovely, bright, spacious foyer area at
Jackson's Art Supplies, The Aquarius Centre, Waterwells Business Park, Edison Close
Quedgeley, Gloucester GL2 2FN
There is plenty of parking.
You need to bring your own lunch if it is a full-day workshop.

Saturday 6 April 10am to 1pm - BASIC BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS 1 35
Saturday 13 April 10am to 1pm - BASIC BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS 2 35
Saturday 15 June 9am to 3pm - INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE BOOKBINDING 60
Saturday 22 June 10am - 1pm - GIFT AND STORAGE BOXES 35

For ALL BOOKINGS or enquiries relating to these workshops, please email for details. (There is no booking through Jacksons Arts Supplies.) Contact me at starsmeadbooks@gmail.com
For more information on the workshops, see below. No previous knowledge is expected for these workshops but booking preference for the Beginners 2 workshop will be given to those who have attended Beginners 1.

I also conduct workshops for 2 or 3 people in my bindery at home. If you would like to arrange a date for yourself and one or two other people, don't hesitate to email or phone for details. Full day workshops in my bindery are 65 per person and include a light, ploughman's-style lunch. Half day workshop - 35 per person

Workshop Information

All workshops are full-day unless otherwise indicated.

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BASIC BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS 1 (Half day)

Make sewn single-section pamphlet bindings and learn to knife-trim the edges by hand, achieving a professional finish. This method can be used to make effective notebooks, sketchbooks and albums.

BASIC BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS 2 (Half day)

In this development of BASIC BOOKS FOR BEGINNERS 1, you will use a similar structure but make a hard-back binding with proper end papers, using the case binding method. This is a lovely way of binding small amounts of printed material, such as the work of a family poet or any other writings! The workshop will cover how to print optimally from computer files for binding purposes.
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FULL DAY BEGINNERS' WORKSHOP
This workshop combines Basic Books for Beginners 1 and 2, as described above.
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BOX WITH MAGNETIC CLOSURE
Make a covered box from raw materials with a folding lid and a hidden magnetic closure.
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GIFT AND STORAGE BOXES (Half day)
Make and cover score-and-fold boxes using boxboard, and learn the tricks that give a professional finish.
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FLAT-OPENING SKETCHBOOK (Half day)
This binding has a clever soft-back construction which creates a slightly freer spine area, and thus allows the pages to open completely flat. It is a book binding that you can repeat at home without specialist tools.
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MEMORY ALBUM
A book with pockets and windows and fold-out pages which will hold personal and travel memorabilia, postcards, photographs and other paper collectibles. Suitable for your holidays, to use as a journal, sketch book or scrap book. The album will be cased into a sturdy hardback binding. (It is a glued structure, with no sewing.)
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INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE BOOKBINDING
You will learn to bind books using Japanese techniques, including the inner bindings with twisted paper thread, and outer bindings with silk. Japanese decorative papers will be provided for book covers. Includes a demonstration of how to line delicate papers for bookbinding purposes.
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BIND A 'PROPER BOOK'
In this workshop you will complete a substantial multi-section hardback book starting from scratch. Beginning by folding and sewing the pages in sections, you will then create a hard-backed case binding, using bookcloth for the spine, and covering the sides with decorated papers. You will use traditional bookbinding tools.
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SCRAPBOOK ALBUM
An album has a special construction with spacers between the pages, to make it suitable for items to be stuck into the book, such as recipes, cuttings, letters, photographs etc. This is larger than the Memory Album (above) and can be up to A4 size.

How to Book

To book a place at a workshop, don't send any payment. Please get in touch by email for all further details. starsmeadbooks@gmail.com

Small-group workshops take place in my bindery in Haresfield. GL10 3EG. Directions will be sent with booking confirmation.

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