Natural Connections: Making Bookbinding Thread from Scratch
Many of the plants in your garden or those you see at the side of the road or find in the super market can be made into different types of cordage for use in bookbinding. Day lilies, hollyhocks, iris, and elm are some of the plants that can find their way into books once their blooming season it over. Work with flax, jute, raffia, and other exotic fibers (even pineapple!) to produce thread.
Learn several methods of harvesting, processing and twining natural fibers. We will bind a bark covered book with samples to take home.
Peter Schell has studied traditional skills at the Tracker School in New Jersey and has done many years of research on skills including natural cordage, wild edibles, hide tanning and flintknapping. Peter has taught at Hollander’s, the Manhattan Country School, and the Center for Book Arts.
Tuition: $175 non-members / $150 members.