I was very pleased to be asked to give a workshop to the Canberra Craft Bookbinders Guild. This was a weekend workshop to explore the use of weaving, stitching and beading to decorate a book. Here we chose the Laminated Boards structure so that we could do the spine and cover sections separately then attach to the book.
There were several who were very new to bookbinding and a gentleman who did not have the needlework skills to bead his work. However he introduced cord and knots which had a nautical feeling and resulted in a very handsome book. Thus we saw different answers to this project and some beautiful books as a result. I cannot see a difference in standard from the more experienced to the new bookbinders although we made sure the more experienced people were there to assist the less so and, with a great spirit of cooperation, we completed our books.
I went away very tired but thrilled with the quality of the work produced.
You may see a problem if these books need to be placed into a bookcase – no problem – slip cases need to be made with enough room for padded lining. We also discussed how to press the books, gently, using a padding of some sort over the cover areas – especially if beaded.
Hope you enjoy these books. There is a lot more we could experiment with but a beginning of, hopefully. a new approach to decorating book covers which combines skills in other crafts with bookbinding designing. The structure we used is very sound and we all appreciated the advantage of making the covers and spine units separately. We applied these separate units after the text block was sewn and prepared.