Basic Bookbinding:
The Multi-Purpose Single Signature
Maaike Zuyderhoff
Thursday October 13, 2016

Making a book is even more enjoyable than reading one (especially if it’s the Binomial Equations, for example). And the single signature is the best way to begin. It is the foundation of most books we read (there’s just more of them in a typical book), and that’s why it’s chosen for this introductory course.
       Under Maaike’s energetic and experienced direction, you will quickly discover how easy it is to make. You’ll learn about the basic structure of a book and the tools and the techniques used in bookbinding. You’ll then go on to apply the single signature to several projects such as a basic notebook, a special card, and a guest book, choosing from a variety of washi supplied for this purpose.
       Finally Maaike will show you how to bind several signatures together for future larger projects such as journals or hard covered books and further explore the many possibilities of the one signature construction.

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to make the pamphlet stitch, the mysteries of “grain direction.”

The “Set-up” Box :
The Classic Base and Separate Lid
Cécile Côté
Thursday October 20, 2016

       How many times have you tried to find just the right box for something, and never found one? That can be a thing of the past once you know how to make one yourself!
       In this workshop of 2-1/2 hours, Cécile will show you a simple and quick method for making a rigid box out of cardboard, called a “set-up box” consisting of a base and separate cover and then covering it in beautiful Japanese paper.
       You will learn the fundamentals of boxmaking and the “recipe”, as she calls it, that will allow you to make other boxes of whatever size you like. The different steps involve taking accurate measurements, cutting and scoring of the cardboard, assembling, preparation of the pattern for cutting the paper and finally glueing the paper to the box.
       Naturally, an inspiring collection of Japanese paper will be on hand from which you can choose the one that makes your box your own.

Techniques learned: Use of bookbinding tools, such as compass, Exacto knife, rulers, set square, as well as cutting, scoring, folding and applying paper to the surface, grain direction and techniques for glueing.

This Workshop will be held at :
10090, boul. St-Laurent, local 100, Montréal (QC) H3L 2N7
(Parking available)

Form Follows Function: Coptic-style Bookbinding
Maya Assouad
Saturday November 05, 2016

As Japanese-style bookbinding is the pride of the East, Coptic-style bookbinding is the pride of the West—and for the equally good reason that it is as functional and beautiful today as it was centuries ago.
       Books once had to compete with the dominant communications technology of the time—scrolls. To do this the ingenious method was invented of folding up a scroll into pages and binding them together, and it presented many advantages. This later evolved into bound books as we know them today.
       Maya revisits the simplest form of a book in this tribute course, by substituting the beauty of Japanese paper for parchment, sewing the pages with cords, using a chain stitch which passes through the cover to create an elegant and functional finished look, and is the closest example of the early European book forms.

Techniques learned: Basic bookbinding skills, measuring, cutting, assembling, tool use, and sewing principles and procedures.

Unfolding Possibilities:
The Japanese Accordion-style Book
Sharon Iplunshu
Thursday December 01, 2016

AAn accordion bookstyle is like having a friend who’s a television personality, golfs in the low 70’s, serves on the board of directors of several charitable organizations, can make your old Triumph purr like a kitchen and plays a mean bass while being the nicest guy you know.
       Equally multi-talented, the Accordion-style book offers more advantages than any other.
It lays flat when open, important for writing in it. It features double pages which eliminate show-through and can display what’s in it by simply pulling the covers apart and stretching it apart. This gives artists the possibility of making a continuous drawing crossing many pages but that can be seen all at the same time. Unlike every other book, if you use it to store things (business cards, notes, receipts, recipes, parking tickets), its covers remain parallel no matter how many things you stuff inside—and, as a bonus, it’s easy to make by anyone.

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to paste papers and bookboard.

Japanese-style Bookbinding
Maya Assoud
Saturday December 10, 2016

The elegance and refinement of a Geisha, the character and endurance of a Samurai! That’s how you might describe the timeless beauty of Japanese-style book design.
       It is characterized by its beautiful exposed sewn spine and doubled pages that eliminate show-through, as well as its flexibility (you can roll it up and put it in your pocket!) and have made it a favourite of countless generations in Japan and of those who take our courses!
       You don’t need previous bookbinding experience thanks to both its straightforward construction and skill of Maya’s knowledgeable and clear instruction.
       Easily made at home, it’s especially useful for notebooks, guest books, sketchbooks, or if you want to give a gift that will make you as popular as it is!

Techniques learned: Use of the special properties of Japanese papers, measuring, cutting, and folding of interior pages, the Japanese procedure for piercing the pages and sewing them together to form the distinctive, exposed-stitched spine.

The Personal Notebook: Introduction to Bookbinding
Sharon Iplunshu
Thursday January 19, 2017

Practice makes perfect, as you’ll find out in this specially designed course for those just starting out in the rewarding practice of bookbinding, or those who wish to refresh their skills.
       Sharon will introduce you to the basic one signature, cord-bound book that’s easy to sew and can be customized in many different ways.
       Everyone will make the same book four times during the evening with different cover treatments each time, thus also ensuring retention of the skills involved. Larger versions are perfect for sketchbooks, everyday notebooks, travel journals or gifts.

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to make the pamphlet stitch, how to determine “grain direction.

The Two Signature Pamphlet Stitch Book
Sharon Iplunshu
Thursday February 02, 2017

A perfect follow-up to Sharon’s introductory course to add a further style to your bookbinding vocabulary, and equally, not too difficult for a beginner either.
       One of the oldest and most versatile bookbinding techniques still in use today, this bookstyle has a rich history with countless structural variations.
       In this course, you will learn how to make both one-signature and two-signature pamphlet stitched books. This highly useful technique is great not only for making a handsome book on its own, but can be used to re-bind old pamphlets, magazines, musical scores, etc.

Techniques learned: The use of basic tools, how to mark, score, fold and cut, and to make the pamphlet stitch and how to determine “grain direction.”

Judging a Book by its Cover:
The Classic Long-Stitch Book
Maya Assoud
Saturday April 01, 2017

In spite of the caution of not doing so, you can judge a book by its cover—especially this one.
       You see, unlike other books with a permanent cover, the Long-Stitch book is designed so that the cover slips over the first page of the book and so can come off easily, so you can change it, one time a decorated Chiyogami, another a textured Kinwashi, or again a colourful Kingin Red. Or, you can leave the cover off altogether and admire the exposed, hand-sewn binding.
       Maya will introduce you to this European design that dates back to the 1800’s, teaching you several important bookbinding techniques in the process. It produces a particularly beautiful book that also (and importantly), lays flat. Perfect for journals, sketchpads, notebooks or for gifts.

Techniques learned: Basic bookbinding skills, measuring, cutting, assembling, tool use, dividing off the spine, and sewing principles and procedures

Hard-bound: Western-style Bookbinding
Maaike Zuyderhoff
Saturday May 06, 2017

We are pleased to offer the basis of Western book publication: the hard cover book.
       It’s the new bestseller we curl up with under the covers on a cold night—a hardcover, cloth bound book with several “signatures” sewn into the spine. It is a bookstyle that, though commonplace and the most familiar of all, remains the standard in terms of usefulness, durability and popularity.
       Maaike has done some léger de main to make it possible to complete the book (normally a two day project) in just one by making some of the essential components beforehand, so that every student will leave with a completed project by the end of the day.

Techniques learned: Working with signatures, sewing, cutting, mounting paper onto cardboard, choosing adhesives, use of the square and other tools, calculating yield and basic bookbinding skills.

Windy City :
Bookbinding with Chicago screws
Cécile Côté
Saturday May 13, 2017

Aside from tommy gun toting gangsters, speak-easies, a river that caught on fire in the summer, ward bosses and other notorious parts of Chicago’s past, one thing from that time endures and provides us with the most versatile and time-honoured bookbinding device: the famous Chicago screw.
       It permits making errors (while still working and looking good), changing your idea as you go along and “gain or lose weight” by adding or removing pages as the need arises. The Chicago screw is also called a “binder post” that has a male and female end one of which screws into the other. This allows you to add pages by unscrewing the male part a little and they also come in various lengths that can be easily substituted for one another.
       In this one day Workshop, you will make a portfolio style book using Chicago screws covered in Japanese paper with a cloth spine. This method of binding is ideal for a variety of different book styles that will be explored in the Workshop and can be used in such a way that the Chicago screws can be visible or hidden.

Techniques learned: Proper usage of basic tools, cutting, glueing, assembling, identifying grain direction. finishing touches.

This Workshop will be held at :
10090, boul. St-Laurent, local 100, Montréal (QC) H3L 2N7
(Parking available)