Sacred Binding & Clip on cover binding



Tomorrow’s Past: Modern conservation bindings with Kathy Abbott

Tuesday 22 October – Thursday 24 October – 3 Days

Course Cost: $375

“Surely it is better to create tomorrow’s past than to repeat today’s” Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996)

The starting point for this three-day course will be to look at the work of Tomorrow’s Past* and the innovative book structures that have been created by this group.

You will learn two structures devised by Kathy Abbott. You will first learn how to make a ‘Clip-on-cover Binding’ on a blank book.  This paper-covered conservation binding is fully reversible, opens completely flat and is perfect for making at home with limited tools or equipment.  The cover literally clips on to a primary wrapper, so if it gets dirty or damaged, you can simply replace it with no intervention to the text-block.

The second structure you will learn is the ‘Sacred Binding’.  This structure is very flexible; allowing the boards to open right back on themselves and is perfect for when you have a book that does not need re-sewing, but the boards are detached and the spine lost or beyond repair.  You will sew a blank book with an unsupported link stitch, then round the spine and attach the boards with linen.  You will finish the spine with a decorative ‘hollow’.

Variations in the basic technique and materials can be used – the possibilities are endless!

*Tomorrow’s Past is the collective name for an international group of bookbinders that make modern conservation bindings for antiquarian books.

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Non-refundable deposit of $100. Full payment due by the 31st July

Material fee to be advised. Payable to the tutor in cash on the day


This class is now fully booked. If you would like to be on the wait list in case of a cancellation, please email.

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