Fibre Arts Workshops


Terrie Reddish (Havelock North)

Book Bindings

Starting at the very beginning, participants will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding paper or board and sewing a signature.  As the week progresses, we will produce a series of increasingly challenging bindings and develop designing, measuring, cutting, constructing and covering skills.


The programme is also an introduction to the use of essential bookbinding tools.  Participants will learn techniques, tricks and habits that will prepare them to progress to the next level or to practice and explore on their own at home.  It is suitable for those with little or no experience, however attention to detail will be a great help.  Participants with some experience will be encouraged to further develop their design and construction skills.


Participants will make a wide variety of books over the five days. We begin with one sheet wonders, progress to Japanese stab bindings and basic pamphlet stitch booklets before exploring concertina folded structures, including Hedi Kyle’s flag book. Then we explore three book bindings that lie flat - the long stitch binding, Carmencho Arregui‘s cross-structure binding and Anne Goy’s criss cross binding with hard covers.  We finish with a 3 flap portfolio for loose pages, time permitting


About Terrie Reddish 

Terrie Reddish is a letterpress printer and bookbinder. Terrie uses restored tools and vintage equipment to create unique art, fine press books, broadsheets and prints.  Her artwork is often three dimensional and loosely based on book structures.  Terrie loves books and boxes both as physical objects and as containers of meaning.


Terrie has studied bookbinding overseas with American, English and Australian bookbinders and now teaches bookbinding and pencil drawing throughout NZ.  She is the Communications Officer and Editrix of the Association of Book Crafts (NZ) Inc.

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