Bind Your Manuscript Using Lockstitch


LockstitchThis class is perfect for writers or poets, or anyone with a text to bind. The lockstitch sewing method provides a long-lasting way to make a book from single pages. As an alternative to perfect binding (which is just applying a thick layer of glue to a spine, like modern paperbacks), this structure is ideal for manuscripts. The Wednesday night session will be spent preparing the sections, while Saturday’s session will be about sewing and casing the book. Students should bring their own "manuscript" pages as single sheets or about 75-100 pages or plain copy paper to make a blank book. Pages can have text/images on both sides of the sheet, with at least one inch margins. Nothing larger than 8.5 x 11.

Level: This class is appropriate for students at all levels.
Dates and Times: Wednesday, May 17, 6-9pm and Saturday, May 20, 10am-4pm
Max. no of students: 6
Instructor: Julie Sullivan
Cost: $135 tuition + $10 materials fee

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Julie Sullivan began taking bookbinding classes in 1993 as a creative counterpoint to a stressful corporate job. In 1997 Julie began an apprenticeship of sorts with Dallas, Texas, bookbinder Catherine Burkhard, assisting her with private client projects under her supervision. Julie continued weekly bookbinding study for many years and also improved her skills and learned new techniques through numerous workshops with experienced binders. She is a member of the Guild of Book Workers, past president of the GBW Lone Star Chapter and has attended numerous GBW Standards of Excellence seminars. Julie operates Dancing Cat Bindery from a home studio in South Austin where she repairs books and makes boxes for book dealers, collectors and private clients. In recent years Julie and her husband and illustrator Chet Phillips have collaborated to create limited edition books that Chet writes and illustrates and Julie binds.

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