As part of my 2018 plan to expand my little company and grow my bookbinding skillset, I’m taking classes in Fine Binding! These classes are offered through CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, ‘cabbage’ for short). Most of the books I currently make for Sprouts Press are exposed spine bindings; Coptic, Long/Linkstitch, etc. These new skills will create fancy round backed books with raised cords and leather spines! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry, I’ll be chronicling it all right here in the coming weeks. For now, here’s my favourite part so far: sewing endbands from scratch! I think I’m drawn to the pearly sheen of the silk thread, the rich colours and the patterns for wrapping them.
For more information on CBBAG’s core bookbinding classes, see their website here.