Bookbinding Workshop: Limp Vellum with Case Paper Cover | Bari Zaki

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Bookbinding Workshop: Limp Vellum with Case Paper Cover | Bari Zaki

from 285.00

Instructor: Bari Zaki. Currently offered only as a private or semiprivate five-ish hour class. No previous bookbinding experience necessary. To request a date & time, add this class to your cart, and then email bz@barizaki.com with your preferred date(s) and time of day.

What you’ll make: This binding technique dates back to at least the 14th century. Makes an awesome sketchbook, photo album, journal, or gift!

We begin, as always in our bookbinding classes, by getting acquainted with paper grain and its importance for the finished book. After an overview of the bookbinding tools you will use, you will fold ten full-size sheets of drawing paper (with deckled edges) into signatures to create a nice thickness. You will sew signatures onto strips of leather (the “thong”). You will make your cover from a luscious sheet of handmade paper, which we will score and fold around the book-block, and then we weave the leather strips through the cover. 

The loveliest detail: You will weave the headbands (top and bottom of book-block) onto a strip of leather. You will finish off your book with an interior pocket/envelope on the front and back covers. A Very Happy Moment Indeed!

By the end of this class you will have one completed book, plus the tools (bone folder, shipping clerk’s knife, lightweight awl) and confidence to make more at home, thanks to our charming illustrated handout with step-by-step instructions.

Class fee includes all materials we use to make a book: handmade paper, European mouldmade paper for your pages, leather strips for your binding, bone folder, shipping clerk’s knife, Xacto blade, lightweight awl, linen thread, needle.

Our studio is light-filled, airy, and organized. You are welcome to browse our extensive library of books about bookbinding, calligraphy, and drawing. We look forward to sharing our love of paper and making books with you in this five-ish hour workshop.

If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me:
773-294-7766 or bz@barizaki.com

Classes are held at:
Bari Zaki Studio
3858 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

If we need to cancel a class for any reason, students will be notified immediately via email and refunded the full class fee.  A cancellation requested at least 14 days in advance of the class will receive a full refund (via the original payment method).

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