Fall 2015 Classes

French Groove

The French groove is the visible space or joint at the spine of a hardcover book. This French groove book is sewn with signatures on a sewing frame and has a round spine. It opens completely flat, making it useful for artist's books and notebooks, as well as for books to be read. Material choice can make for a book that is utilitarian or coffee table deluxe. This class is a great introduction to (or review of) the materials, tools and techniques of hand binding. Bring a $20 material fee with you to class.

Sunday November 15th, 10:00-4:00

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UnCommon Pages Field Notebook - Coming to Manhattan


Freshkills Park (the former NYC landfill on Staten Island) is the largest park to be developed in New York City in the past 100 years. As a continual phase change from landfill to park, it is a conceptual and physical reclamation. For the project UnCommon Pages, Susan Mills  harvested the invasive plant species Phragmites (also known as the common reed) on site at the park. The harvested plants were then made into paper. Through a series of on-going workshops, this paper is being bound into 2,000 passport-sized Field Notebooks. Come and find out about Freshkills Park and bind a few notebooks to keep. Co-sponsored by Freshkills Park Alliance and Full Tilt Bookbinding.

Saturday November 14th, 11:00-12:30
This class takes place at University Settlement
more information here
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Wraparound Leather Long Stitch Book

 Long stitch bindings date back to medieval times. This variation was developed by the book conservation lab at the University of Iowa. It is a quick non-adhesive binding adaptive to many different weights of text paper and to many different cover materials.

The visible sewing has many variations. This version has a wraparound leather cover with a tie. Bring a $20 material fee with you to class.

Saturday November 14th, 1:00-4:00

In conjunction with the hands-on classes,
Full Tilt posts bi-weekly audio podcasts
at Bookbinding Now.

Susan Mills is teaching Bookbinding III
Nov. 16-20 at The Center for Book
Arts. More information and registration