Residential course

Angela Sutton

14 June 2021 to 18 June 2021

From £464 Non-resident fee

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This course for intermediate students is designed to develop the skills of those who have followed the beginners’ introductory course and would like to pursue the craft further.

Students will rebind a hard-back book in the case-binding style and can continue to practise this or go on to learn the more complex construction of a book covered in leather.  More advanced students may bring a selection of books to either rebind or repair. However, beginners can also be accommodated on this course, and will learn about folding, sewing and making a case-bound book. If students wish to, they may study a special subject during the week.

This time the focus will be on endbands.  These are the decorative and strengthening bands across the top and bottom of the spine which are sewn in place to support the leather head cap.  We will look at some variations on the basic methods, and also some ways of making and attaching a headband off the book where stitching through the spine would be too damaging to fragile sewing.  We will also look at the Eastern Mediterranean style, where the endband is part of the book structure and holds it together, the thongs being attached to the boards before covering and the threads being woven and knotted together in some interesting designs.

Residential Fees From: £694.   Non Residential: £464

Tutor information

Angela Sutton first learnt bookbinding in evening classes with Ian Ross at the former Oxford Polytechnic, and then went to the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts to study archive preservation and repair. She works as a freelance bookbinder specialising in restoration and preservation, and is an established teacher at beginner and intermediate levels. She taught the weekly recreational course at the Malvern Hills College (the local adult education institution) for many years, and now runs local workshops as well as giving tuition in her own bindery and teaching regularly at Dillington. Her textbook ‘Bookbinding in Pictures’, a book (or CD) of bookbinding instructions for beginners, sells widely in many countries.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.