19th Century Book Cloth with Natural Dyes

with India Johnson
Saturday, March 21; 9am-5pm

Unlike today’s cloth, bookcloth at the beginning of the 19th century was not backed with paper. Instead, it was coated with layers of dyed wheat starch paste. Learn how to recreate this durable covering material, which can be used for repair, as a leather alternative, or simply for its beauty. The workshop focuses on using natural dyes as colorants because they produce particularly rich and deep hues. However, participants will also learn to use XSL pigments, which are more suitable for conservation applications.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category C or D

$184 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee