My friend Elizabeth is super-awesome nice.
She came over this past Sunday and offered to share some of her North Bennet Street School (NBSS) awesomeness.
I told her that I wanted instruction in case binding. Everything I know, which isn’t much, has been self-taught through book instruction. I haven’t felt confident in my abilities in this area and I usually learn things better when taught by a person.
Since Elizabeth is a person, I figured that it would work. 🙂
As you can see at right, I got to use a lying press for the first time. Now I want one. Specifically, I want this one, made by Keith B. Uram. Coincidentally, he also graduated from NBSS. Clearly, I’m meant to have the press.
[Just nod your head yes]
Pointy. Shiny. Want.
She explained that everyone in her class at NBSS has the same tools. I guess they’re like the bookbinding program’s mascots?
I learned how to make headbands, which wasn’t on the agenda. This made my day. Even though I have two books on the topic, I’ve never given them a try. Luckily, I had some silk thread that I bought from Colophon Book Arts at a conference (I’m a stash girl).
I learned a really great tip – glue the tail end of your thread to the main thread so you don’t have to knot it. Brilliant! Why didn’t I ever think of that one myself?
I think that it will take me a while to get the hang of the sewing technique, especially where to put my fingers – hold this down, pull taut, wind this around here – they just didn’t want to listen to me.
Sadly, we ran out of time and couldn’t get to the actual casing in part of the process. I was told that everything we had done that day was called “forwarding”.
I’m looking forward to finishing the book!