Bookbinding 1: Sewn and Folded Books

with Frank Hurley
Thursdays: September 8, 15, 22; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn foundational skills in bookbinding while making three book structures: pamphlet, single-sheet book with hardcover, and stab binding. 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. 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) + $50 materials fee
$100 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated, have received a booster dose, and wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. Proof of vaccination must be received three days (72 hours) before the start of the workshop or enrollment is subject to cancellation with a full refund. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 9/5 at midnight (CT).