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Icon Scotland Group - Sewing a late-medieval Gothic binding

Icon Scotland Group

From: Thursday 25.04.19
at 10:00am
To: Friday 26.04.19
at 6:00pm

National Library of Scotland

George IV Bridge




200£ - Icon Member

150£ - Icon Student Member

300£ - non-Icon Member

(materials fee included in cost)

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This two-day workshop will focus on the underlying structure of the binding and the relationship between the text-block, the sewing and the boards.

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The key structural features of Gothic bindings are the rounded spine and the strong sewing supports laced into the outer face of shaped wooden boards. Gothic bindings were produced in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, a period which saw the introduction of the printing press, and a dramatic increase in output. Commercial workshops now overshadowed monastic production and standards of binding started to alter accordingly. However, books were still hand sewn and bound between wooden boards, and relied on strong materials and a well-balanced structure rather than excessive glue and spine linings.

The weekend will begin with a short talk on medieval wooden-board bindings, but will quickly move on to the practical. Students will work with a traditional sewing frame, sewing a model on double supports with packed sewing.


Arthur Green