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September 2019

Buttonhole bookbinding

September 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Levigator Press, 1984 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$55

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In this easy yet elegant binding, folded sections of paper are sewn through a stiffened paper cover with a decorative beaded stitch that beautifully frames an open slot in the book's spine, offering a glimpse of the pages within. Stitching wrapped around the head and foot of the reinforced paper spine gives the look of a thread headband at the edges of the spine. The product is a sturdy and solid book that you'll love to use for writing or drawing.

All materials are provided. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.

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October 2019

Coptic bookbinding (2 week class)

October 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - October 11, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Levigator Press, 1984 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$80

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Learn how to make your own beautiful hardcover journal or sketchbook that fits easily into your bag, opens perfectly flat, and will quickly become your favourite book for writing and drawing on the go! You will have your choice of decorative papers to design your one-of-a-kind cover, and will have the option to wrap your book's sections with maps, blueprints, and other fun found papers.

This class runs for two weeks on Friday afternoons, October 4 & 11, from 1-3:30pm.

All materials are provided, and you will leave the class with a finished book.

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November 2019

Hardcover stab bookbinding (2 week class)

November 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Levigator Press, 1984 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$70

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Stab binding is one of the simplest and earliest forms of bookbinding, using single sheets in which holes are stabbed or drilled and sewn on the outside using a variety of traditional stitch patterns.

In this follow-up to the softcover stab binding class, you will learn how to make a Westernized version of this traditional Japanese binding with a hard hinged cover. You can take this class without having taken the softcover class first.

All materials are provided, including paper, and you will leave the class with a finished book. We will be wrapping our cover boards in paper and will have a selection of decorative papers for you to choose from, but if you would like to bring your own special paper to use, feel free! Just remember to ask us about size requirements when you sign up.

This class runs for two weeks on Monday evenings, November 18 and 25, from 7 to 9pm.

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French link bookbinding

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Levigator Press, 1984 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$55

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French link is a binding similar to Coptic binding in which folded sections of paper are sewn together between rigid covers to create a decorative link-and-weave stitch across the exposed spine. This is an ideal method for binding albums and sketchbooks, as the book can be laid open entirely flat.

In this introductory class you will create a book using cover boards that have been prepared in advance. You will choose from a selection of cover boards culled from vintage books, and combine them with toothy sketching paper to make your unique journal or sketchbook. All materials, including paper, are provided, and you will leave the class with a finished book.

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December 2019

Longstitch bookbinding with wrapped leather cover

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Levigator Press, 1984 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$65

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In this class you will create a lovely handbound pocket sized book in the German longstitch and linkstitch style, by sewing folded sections of paper through holes punched through a wraparound leather cover to create a pattern of exposed sewing along the spine. We will cover some basic decorative variations in spine designs, incorporating long stitches and link stitches with the option to add some weaving to the spine as a decorative flourish.

All materials are provided. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.

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Retchoso bookbinding

December 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Artspeak Gallery (ACWR), 1942 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$45

Retchoso bookbinding is a unique style of Japanese binding that joins folded sections of paper with a complex yet elegant stitch using one or two needles to create a slender notebook that opens perfectly flat. Sturdy multi-layer paper covers are built onto the book’s sections before binding. It’s a perfect binding for a portable notebook or sketchbook, or for chapbook publishing. All materials are included, and you will leave the class with a finished book. Space in the class is…

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January 2020

Buttonhole bookbinding

January 11, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Meta Makers Cooperative, 628 Monmouth Avenue, Windsor, Ontario Canada+ Google Map
$45

In this easy yet elegant binding, folded sections of paper are sewn through a stiffened paper cover with a decorative beaded stitch that beautifully frames an open slot in the book's spine, offering a glimpse of the pages within. Stitching wrapped around the head and foot of the reinforced paper spine gives the look of a thread headband at the edges of the spine. The product is a sturdy and solid book that you'll love to use for writing or…

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February 2020

Longstitch bookbinding with wrapped leather cover

February 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Artspeak Gallery (ACWR), 1942 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$60

In this class you will create a lovely handbound pocket sized book in the German longstitch and linkstitch style, by sewing folded sections of paper through holes punched through a wraparound leather cover to create a pattern of exposed sewing along the spine. We will cover some basic decorative variations in spine designs, incorporating long stitches and link stitches with the option to add some weaving to the spine as a decorative flourish. All materials are provided. No previous bookbinding…

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March 2020

Coptic bookbinding

March 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artspeak Gallery (ACWR), 1942 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map
$45

Coptic binding is an ancient bookbinding method in which folded sections of paper are sewn together between rigid covers to create a decorative chain stitch across the exposed spine. This is an ideal method for binding albums and sketchbooks, as the book can be laid open entirely flat. In this introductory class you will create a book using cover boards that have been prepared in advance. You will choose from a selection of cover boards culled from vintage books, and…

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September 2023

Concertina collage book making

September 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Artspeak Gallery (ACWR), 1942 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, Ontario N8Y 1E4 Canada+ Google Map

$30 + $10 materials fee In this class you will learn how to easily construct a simple and elegant concertina book structure with a hard cover. We will provide a beautiful variety of handmade papers as well as paper and cloth scraps that have been printed and stained with plants and other natural pigments, and you will create your own one of a kind pocket sized artist book or sketchbook. Class space is limited. Registration is required for each workshop.…

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