Last Wednesday night I took a crack at teaching adults in my first book making class. Over the course of the four hour course, students cut, covered and bound an original book using traditional stab binding techniques. With beautiful papers selected at The Paper Source, each student chose their own color palette which included a cover paper, binding tape, thread, and interior paper.

After briefly discussing the tools of book binding and the general process, students got started cutting their paper and boards to size. Exterior papers were glued to the book board, and then bookmakers tape was used to complete front cover. Students used awls to pierce holes through the book boards and papers and then began the process of binding their books using linen thread. It required patience and strong fingers, but with a good sense of humor and a little stick-to-it-ness, all students completed their books!

Each student’s book turned out beautifully and matched her personal style. It was a wonderful learning experience for everyone and we had a great time chatting, binding, cutting, and listening to some good tunes. I will certainly be offering this class again, so stay tuned for details.