Bookbinding 1: Sewn and Folded Books

with India Johnson
Thursdays: April 13, 20, 27; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn foundational skills in bookbinding while making three book structures: pamphlet, stab binding, and hardcover four-signature book. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make these bindings again in different sizes and with other options for materials. Learn how to find the grain direction in a variety of papers along with how to fold and score paper. Learn methods of measuring paper and how to cut a stack of paper with MCBA’s guillotine paper cutters. Practice finding grain direction, cutting book board, and covering board with paper. Come away with a strong foundation for growing your skills in bookbinding and skills needed to make your own notebooks and journals at MCBA’s Bookbinding Labs.

Please note that binding is a technical process involving threading needles, sewing, and occasional measuring of small increments. All abilities are welcome to participate in whatever ways feel safe and comfortable.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 9 hours, Category A; fulfills Core binding requirement

$200/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 materials fee
$100 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the “Adult” rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 4/7 at midnight (CT).