Rope Stitch, 3/4 Binding
Rope Stitch with 3/4 Binding

Just spent a lovely week doing Advanced Bookbinding for Artists at UWE, Bristol. I’ve wanted to do this course for about 5 years but circumstances conspired against me.
I did my first course at UWE in 2006 – Basic Bookbinding – and intended to do the Advanced the following year. However, the course was cancelled and didn’t run for about 4 years. Then when it started up again I was torn between Bookbinding and Letterpress – Letterpress won! But I finally got to do Advanced Bookbinding this year. Here are a few pictures of what we did.

The course was led by Guy Begbie – what he doesn’t know about bookbinding isn’t worth knowing. An extremely patient man too – he rescued my terrible stitching mistakes a few times πŸ™‚ He also has a wonderful collection of books with numerous types of bindings that you can peruse over the week – I always find this inspirational. Its also lovely to meet up with other bookbinding geeks and have conversations about nerdy book stuff which would raise eyebrows if held in any other context πŸ™‚

Double Codex Binding
Double Codex Binding

Double Codex Binding

Double Codex Binding

Double Codex Binding, Snow Shoes Stitch
Double Codex Binding, Snow Shoes Stitch

Rope Stitch, 3/4 Binding
Rope Binding in progress

 Button Hole Stitch Binding
Button Hole Stitch Binding

9 thoughts on “Advanced Book Binding, UWE, Bristol”

  1. oooo looks spectacular….. if I had a boobkbinding bucket list getting to a great course like this would be right up there! — the snow shoes looks especially delicious!

  2. Bookbinding bucket list…interesting concept. I am lucky to live relatively near to UWE – an hour on the train. I've done one of the CPD courses every year for the last 6 years or so. I've nearly done them all now πŸ™‚

    The snow shoes was easier than expected. We did lightning stitch on the other side of the double codex – it looks simpler http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelacallanan/4764118422/in/set-72157623154737502/ but turned out to a lot harder to figure out the stitch sequence.

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