Last week I attended a bookbinding workshop tutored by Josie Brown. Josie is a calligrapher and she also makes delightful artist's books.
The structure we were making was a Japanese butterfly bound book, this involved sewing the sections with four needles - supposed to be really simple, but it was also quite easy to get in a tangle until you got the hang of it! We used various weights of drawing and watercolour paper, with the binding allowing the book to open quite flat - ideal for use as a sketchbook. The cover was an uncomplicated folded wrapper into which the end papers of the book were slotted.
|The sewn book block to which I added painted end papers|
|The folded cover|
|The end papers in place|
|I decorated the cover with a thin strip of salvaged end paper|
Josie also showed us how to make a slipcase. We didn't have enough time to make this on the day, but came away with an instruction sheet for later use.