Thursday, March 29, 2012

Learning how to make a hand-bound journal with Una Jordan at Le Grá Craft Studio and Gallery

Una Jordan arrived at Le Grá Craft Studio and Gallery this morning with all the materials and tools needed to allow us to make our own hand-bound A5 journals. This box of waxed linen threads in gorgeous colours provided some inspiration.
Glue brush, bone folder, awl, pencil, darning needles, beautiful papers for the cover and coordinating ribbon for the spine and we were ready to start.
Our journals were made up of 4 x A4 pages folded to A5 size and formed into 'signtures'. 10 signatures were needed for each book. This makes an A5 journal with a total of 78 pages (as 2 are glued to the inside cover).
Here some rocks from Una's pond provide the necessary weight to press the book once it's completed.
Here is just one of the books made by the group today. Ready to take home and keep or to give as a gift to someone special.
This was a really enjoyable workshop from 10am to 4pm, including a wonderful lunch at the nearby Treat Café and of course the usual tea/coffee and biscuits in the studio, materials also included for a total of €60. Great value and great fun!

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