Simple stationery bindings have been made throughout Europe since the fifteenth century and were used for both printed and blank books. They were typically held together with exposed sewing and had simple limp covers. In this workshop we will make a classic model, with linkstitch sewing though a wooden spine plate and extra decorative sewing. The cover is made from a recycled vellum indenture which is washed, flattened and lined with Japanese paper to make it suitable for covering. The binding is completed with ingenious interlocking corners and ribbon ties.
At the heart of the Royal Archives in Windsor Castle is the Muniment Room, formed from the upper part of the medieval great hall. It contains (amongst other material) personal correspondence to Queen Victoria from her prime ministers and officials. Documents were contemporaneously set into letter books but as these hindered retrieval of individual papers, the contents were early cut out and the bindings repurposed into unique three-flap folders to maintain the look of 'proper' books on the shelf. This workshop will explain the history of their construction and teach how to recreate one of these surprisingly elegant and functional folders, in half or quarter leather, to safely store your own items in high Victorian style.
This is an excellent opportunity to construct a slipcase for your favourite book. With the opening covered in fine goatskin and rounded at the head and tail to fit the shape of the book spine, it makes a strong, secure and elegant structure which protects while showing off the spine of the book. The main part of the slipcase is covered in cloth or decorative paper.
Dominic Riley 8-9 June This is a refined style of quarter leather binding that was developed in Denmark in the 1940s. Its name derives from the fact that there is only 1mm of leather showing on the boards and corners. It is sewn on frayed-out cords with a gently rounded spine, has a small, sharp joint, and a graphite edge. A simple paper and card hollow is trapped between the board and the waste-sheet for strength. Thinly-pared goatskin is then applied at the spine and corners, and decorative pastepaper sides added.