Charlene's Bindery Class Schedule for Autumn
- CLASS SCHEDULE FOR AUTUMN
Please note there are no lab fees this session. A
heartfelt thanks for the generosity of the late Gloria
Helfgott, who donated the leather and paper for this
session to encourage education in the Book Arts.
Cost for each class is $130.00. There are spaces for
FIVE people each class. Please make class
reservations via email (bindery@...), and I will confirm via
Classes held from 10am to 4pm, Saturdays. Full
payment is required for class reservation. For
cancellations, full refund one-week prior, half refund
6 days prior to class.
Classes held at my Bindery, 5720 Melrose Avenue, Los
Angeles, California, 90038. 323-962-2109. There is
ample parking behind the Bindery, enter on Lucerne.
All classes (except for The Girdle Book) are geared
for both beginning and advanced binders; how far you
take the book will be up to you. The equipment and
the energy are provided. Because of the small class
size, things can be geared towards individual needs.
That is why I am leaving some things, in the air.
If any of you want some book restoration classes, let
Tools for all classes- basic binding stuff (needles,
bone folders, ruler, exacto knife with blades, small
cutting mat), plus anything you have I might find
highly amusing, and stuff you might want to embellish
a book with. IF this is your first class, just show
up. I have noted that Hiromi carries Teflon bone
folders now. All classes will include demonstrations
on the Kwikprint for title foiling/debossing if time
Because of the small class size, things can be geared
towards individual needs. That is why I am leaving
some things, in the air.
1. Japanese Binding Variations.
We will try to make as many small books as we can,
using various spine decoration methods, and unusual
corner treatments. We will also be experimenting with
page folds, inner paper hinges, outer cover hinges and
endpapers. Hard cover and un-pared limp leather
covered books will be made. This binding type is
perfect for edition binding. Be prepared to sew.
2. Sewing Over Raised Cords (thongs).
Learn variations of sewing over cords using folded
signatures. Various types of `cords' will be used,
such as leather, twine, vellum, wire, and plastic with
discussions of cord placements for various types of
binding structures, including exposed spines and tight
back leather bindings, and how to use a job backer.
Decorative sewing and binding repair will be covered,
as well as end paper treatments. One book will be
completed; I do not know what type yet, it is up to
3. The Girdle Book.
Leather binding. My teaching assistant Richard has
asked for this workshop. I do not have a write up for
it as of now. It is a historical binding, and is not
a beginning bookbinding class. If you are new to
binding, the Sewing Over Raised Cords is a requisite.
4. Flat Back Case Binding, with Single Sheets.
Take a pile of single sheets (artwork, poetry,
photographs) and overcast sew them, attach the end
papers, back and line the spine, make the case, and
case the book block in. Wa-LA, a book anyone would
be proud of. Methods for the binder at home to
achieve this binding will be stressed. Another great
edition binding type.
5. Exposed Spine Binding, with Odd Shaped Covers and
We are going to play with geometric and round shapes,
finding spots to create a spine, sewing the book block
over raised cords, leaving the spine exposed. The
covers will be limp, as we will be using un-pared
leather for the covers and vellum for the thongs (or,
the covers can be hard board covered in cloth, your
choice). We will not be using the jig saw, but I will
demonstrate its use in cutting odd board and book
6. Photograph Albums.
The last class before Christmas will concentrate on
making a photo album. At this date, I have not
decided on what type yet. I am thinking about a
stubbed Victorian model, where the photos are put in
with photo corners, but cut-out window treatments will
be discussed. The covers will be hard, covered in
cloth. If I can think of a simple fast way of doing
this binding, we might even back with paper, some
velvet, to cover them in; it is a time factor here.
Give me some input if you are interested in this
Charlene Matthews Bindery
5720 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038