Throughout the course Rachel encourages you to use what you have around you. Many of the exercises can be carried out using everyday items and papers you would find around your house, but there are a few specialist pieces of equipment  you will need to fully benefit from all the exercises in the course. These are listed below – you can source them yourself or buy them as part of the PaperLove kit from the online shop.

Basic materials required:

  • *A bone folder(any size is fine but the kit will include a 5” long pointed one)
  • *A bookbinder’s needle (or tapestry needle) – any needle with a largish hole
  • *Linen thread (You will need around 15m)
  • *Masking tape
  • *A notebook for all your musings

Other things that you will need

  • An A4 (or larger) cutting mat
  • A4 paper (copier paper is fine)
  • Pen(s) (any you like writing with)
  • A chunky pencil with soft lead
  • A mechanical pencil or sharpened ordinary pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scalpel
  • Glue stick
  • PVA glue
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • String
  • A metal coat hanger
  • A small brush and a wide flat brush
  • A metal ruler (any size)
  • A pricker/awl (or you could use a needle and a thimble to make holes in the paper instead!)
  • Thick card (ideally 2000 microns if you can find it) and thin card (160gsm+)
  • A variety of your own papers (anything from specialist paper and gorgeous gift wrap to old invoices or manuscript paper etc – you can use whatever you have around the house)
  • A thin stick
  • Some Indian ink

Other handy optional things to have around include:

  • Old books you are happy to cut up
  • Bulldog clip
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber alphabet stamps
  • Large pieces of paper
  • Dividers
  • Jam jar for glue
  • Tissue paper
  • A camera
  • A printer
  • Access to a sewing machine

Please note you do not have to purchase any specialist paper for the books you will make in this course, but if you want to then Rachel’s favourite is Somerset.

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