Bookbinding Core Skills Course: Spring 2018 Session

Yolanda Merril Core Bookbinding Instructor

Four Classes, Saturdays, and Sundays, March 17 & 18 and April 07 & 08 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
UVa Education Benefit Eligible*

This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.
At the completion of the series, the VABC will award a Certificate of Basic Skills in Bookbinding. VABC members who hold the certificate may use VABC equipment for their personal bookbinding projects.

Class 1: Tools, Materials, and Processes – March 17
Instructor: Jane Freeman
Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools (bone folder, awl, punching cradle, needle, mat, x-acto knife, ruler), shop equipment (board shear, paper cutter, nipping press), materials (cover and text paper, adhesives, threads), processes (cutting, folding, basic stitching, punching), and vocabulary.
Participants will assemble their own punching cradle and complete three soft cover books: two single-signature and one double signature.

Class 2:  Refining Basic Skills and Developing Craft –March 18
Instructor:  Jane Freeman
Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to build skills of board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives.
Participants will make a 10 x 12 portfolio with tie closure.
Participants will then adapt the basic portfolio structure and size to make either a single signature journal or a notepad holder.
Working through the portfolio’s complexity prepares participants for the last two classes in the series.

Class 3 & 4: Making a Case-Bound Book: A Step-by-Step Approach – April 07 & 08
Instructor: Yolanda Merrill
Class 3 builds on classes 1 and 2.
We will start with a short introduction to the case-bound book, its history, and mechanics.
Participants will learn how to sequence the making of this structure and will end the day with a fully finished case-bound book.
Materials will be pre-cut for this class. All materials and a detailed handout will be provided.

Class 4 is a continuation of class 3.
Participants will make a second case-bound book, using their handout as a guide.
They can decide on the size and cover material of this book and are free to experiment with decorative paper brought from home.
The instructor will do less hand-holding, encouraging the students to think things through on their own.
We aim to have the second book finished as well.

Schedule: Four Classes, Saturdays, and Sundays, March 17 & 18 and April 07 & 08, 2018 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Instructors: Jane Freeman, Yolanda Merril
Course Fee$375 members/$440 non-members (course fees include materials)
*UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class #031718 (must use non-member price).

To register:
Send your payment (by check made out to VFH) to:
Kevin McFadden
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive / Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629

(Please note “2018 Spring Binding Core” on the remarks line, include your email information if this is your first class at VABC)

For additional course information contact: Garrett Queen, [email protected]

Event Details

Classes, Saturdays, and Sundays, March 17 & 18 and April 07 & 08, 2018 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM)
Jefferson School
Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merril
Open to the public
$375 members/$440 non-members
Registration Deadline
March 9, 2018