Thursday, 14 April 2011

Making books in the Vale of Pewsey

Sue a UWE and book artist friend mentioned that Lori Sauer was running a crossed-structure binding workshop this week and had one place left. Sounded intriguing, so I decided to spend a little time getting to grips with a new technique.

And I'm really glad I did.

Not least because it's been a while since I've driven over the Pewsey Downs and I'd forgotten just how lovely they are. I know where I want to go walking this weekend!

And Marden (where the workshop was held in the village hall) has a sweet little medieval parish church, which I remember intending to visit when I used to drive the boys to school, and as I discovered this week Marden Henge is the largest stone age henge in the UK, although it has been almost destroyed by ploughing, and no longer has any standing stones. Hey ho.

To the books. These photos show a selection of our finished works.

What I enjoyed most about this technique is the surprise inside the covers, and, now having made this structure I have some idea of how to plan the interior.

Possibly a return to making books about secrets? I think that would suit this style of binding very well.


  1. They look great! They remind me of the Jacob's Ladder effect

  2. Thanks. I didn't know about the Jacob's Ladder bookbinding - a quick google and . . . . hey presto!