Bookmaking Basics: Sewing on Frames I
with Ashley Thayer


Sunday, February 25, 10am-4pm
NBG Studio at The Folk School

$60 NBG members
$70 non-members
Materials fee: $10

This workshop introduces the technique of binding a book on a frame, a practice that dates back to the Middle Ages. After looking at examples of antique books, and learning how to string the sewing frame, we will create a model book using three different techniques of sewing across the spine. Cover boards will be added as we explore several options for attaching them to the text block. You will leave with a sampler of techniques and directions, useful as a reference for future projects (see model on left in above photo).

Class size is limited to 6. Register by emailing the instructor here.

Instructor Ashley Thayer has a keen interest in the binding techniques found in old books. She seeks out vintage materials such as buttons and marbled papers for her own books, making them contemporary and historic at the same time. She designed and produced the set of sewing frames that are used for Sewing on Frames workshops at NBG.