Intermediate | 5 hours
Taught by Faith Hale
Blank books are deceptively simple vessels of creativity. In this month, bookmaker Faith Hale demonstrates a new structure, variation, or technique every day. From traditional bidings like a three-hole pamphlet to innovative structures like the blizzard book, you’ll glue, fold, and stitch your way to a library of possibilities. Whether your style is precise or playful, in this class learn fundamentals of bookbinding and find a structure that ignites your imagination.
Learn how to:
  • Cut paper and board
  • Sew a 3-hole pamphlet
  • Sew a 4-hole pamphlet
  • Make a wrapped cover
  • Fold a blizzard book
  • Make a crown binding
  • Wrap book boards
  • Make a star book

What you'll get:
  • Instructions on how to make a variety of blank books
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and downloadable PDF
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from artis Faith Hale
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Chapters
30 Structures in 30 Days: A Daily Practice in Bookmaking
01:23
06:06
18:58
12:50
19:41
04:28
05:03
04:19
09:29
04:14
11:54
02:43
04:27
04:50
07:43
14:59
08:19
08:05
12:26
04:32
15:28
12:29
23:53
07:22
18:35
17:12
14:17
06:06
08:53
04:36
11:58
15:29
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Copy paper, text-weight up to 28lb.
  • 18" x 24" drawing paper - Faith is using three sheets of Strathmore 400
  • Cardstock in a few colors
  • Decorative paper
  • Book binder’s board, .067 or .082" thick
  • 12" x 18" of book cloth OR materials to DIY: fat quarter of lightweight cotton or linen fabric, Heat 'n Bond adhesive, tissue paper, iron and ironing surface
  • X-Acto or craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Pin tool or awl
  • Bone folder - Faith loves her Teflon one but plastic and bone work well
  • Bookbinding needle or embroidery needle
  • Waxed linen thread, 5-ply - Faith is using three colors
  • Unbleached linen thread, 2-ply
  • PVA glue and brush, Elmer's extra-strength glue stick or Scotch permanent glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Parchment or waxed paper
  • Covered brick, or heavy books of equivalent weight 
  • 12" and 18” metal ruler
  • Right angle ruler and/or small plastic triangle
  • 20” length of 1/8" ribbon
  • Scratch paper
  • 2 to 4 Bulldog or binder clips
  • Sandpaper (optional)
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