Mixed Papers Junk Journal

with Briana Goetzen
Sunday, March 15; 10am-4pm

Are you a lover of paper who wants a fun way to play with your curated collection? Would it be exciting for you to sort through my stash, too? Let’s gather our papers, paints, and book binding thread! Together we will create a unique junk journal with a variety of papers (old book pages, ledger paper, magazine pages, copy paper, scrapbook paper, tipped in playing cards, envelopes, etc.), all stitched and bound by you! The binding technique will be easy enough for you to repeat at home once class is over. Once the book is bound, we will add painting and writing to alter the existing pages. You will go home with a 3-signature, soft cover junk journal that is easy to transport and is ready for you to continue working in!

Certificate: 6 hours, Category D

$108 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee


Binding a Historic Model: Nag Hammadi

with Jana Pullman
Sunday, March 22; 10am-5pm
All skill levels welcome 

Create a replica of a simple but beautiful early binding. The Nag Hammadi binding takes its name from the Egyptian city where these ancient books were discovered in 1945. Sealed in buried jars, they date from the 4th and 5th centuries and contain early Gnostic religious texts. Like the originals, these models will be made from leather and papyrus, but with a textblock of 21st century paper. The pages are easily replaceable, making for a book you can use over and over again. Leather covers will be decorated using simple tooling techniques.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$126 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee


Cartonnage: Desk Caddy

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday, March 28; 9am-5pm

Make a handy three-section desktop caddy to keep pens, paper clips, and note paper at your fingertips, as well as making a pedestal caddy for your cell phone. Students will learn the basics of cartonnage design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. Students will also learn simple variations on the basic structure that can develop one simple form into a variety of shapes and sizes. Modern cartonnage grows out of the long standing French tradition of covering small utility containers with various decorative materials and offers a great use for marbled papers. Cartonnage or boxmaking experience helpful but not required.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee


Cross Structure Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Thursday, April 9; 6-9pm

This versatile soft cover binding offers endless combinations for weaving front & back covers. The quires are sewn to the cover making a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Covers can be made from a single sheet or from any stock of contrasting color or design to create a unique effect. Elements of design and variation will be discussed as we make a journal approximately 6” x 4” in size. This will be an interesting addition to your binding repertoire and makes a unique gift.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category B

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $12 supply fee


Building a Historic Model: Islamic Frame Binding

with India Johnson
Saturday-Sunday, April 11 & 12; 9am-5pm

Make a model of an Islamicate leather frame binding held in the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library’s collections. This book form showcases an especially beautiful material, such as cloth or marbled paper, by “framing” it with leather strips on all sides. Participants will sew a textblock with an unsupported link stitch and chevron-style headbands, and cover the binding with goat leather and ebru marbled paper.

Certificate: 16 hours, Category B or D

$328 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $45 supply fee

Evening Introduction to Binding

with Anna Haglin
Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6; 6-9pm

Learn several binding styles and basic skills, plus important fundamentals of materials, equipment, and techniques. Make an accordion with a pamphlet stitch, a long stitch binding, and a multi-signature case binding. Simple tools and methods will be used and discussed so each student can continue working at home.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Intermediate Binding: Bradel Binding

with Jana Pullman
Saturday-Sunday, April 18 & 19; 10am-5pm

Invented in the 19th century by French binder Alexis Bradel, this binding was meant to be a temporary binding. Refined by others, it developed into a permanent binding sturdier than a case binding, working well with small or large multi-signature books. In this workshop, you will make a small paper-covered book and a larger book with the signatures rounded and backed, covered with a three-piece cloth case. Introduction to Binding or equivalent experience required

Certificate: 14 hours, Category D

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Magic Box Building

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26; 10am-4pm

Do you believe in magic? You will as you learn to build this unique structure. Based on the Jacob’s Ladder structure, this box opens in two directions, revealing hidden compartments. Get big results and impress your friends with this complicated looking structure. Don’t worry, clear instructions and friendly instruction will make the beautiful result appear…as if by magic! The box is designed to hold a standard deck of playing cards and includes other compartments. Have something special to fit in a box? Bring it along.

Introduction to Book Arts, beginning box making, any structure building using book board preferred

Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or D

$216 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee