Bookbinding 2: Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Sundays: February 12 & 19; 10am–4pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn how to make a hardcover book. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make this binding again in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction of book board and how to cut book board and text blocks on MCBA’s guillotine and board shears. Then, learn methods for creating a hardcover case from book board and tips and tricks for attaching the hardcover to pages. 

Participants need to return to pick up their paper on Wednesday, 2/22 or later in The Shop at MCBA to allow the freshly glued books time to dry while pressed flat.

Experience folding paper, determining paper grain, and measuring and making square cuts with a knife or paper shear are required in order to enroll. Participation in Bookbinding 1 or equivalent required. 

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.

Experience required
Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or C

$265/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
$133 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 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.

All in-person program participants are required to wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 2/6 at midnight (CT).