Vade Mecum: The Constant Companion

with Jana Pullman
Saturday, November 30; 10am-5pm

A vade mecum, or take-me-along, is a book meant to be carried by the owner. Originating in the middle ages, it has come to mean any manual or handbook of instruction that provides vital information to the person who carries it. In this workshop, we will each make a vade mecum in the style of a stab-bound girdle book with pages that unfold to show the full page size.This structure works well with images or large amounts of text and has many possibilities for artists working with the book form.

Certificate: Category D

$126 + $20 supply fee

Three-Section Book and Slipcase

with Sue Bjerke
Wednesday, December 4; 6-9pm

Make a three-section softcover book with sturdy text-weight pages and a slipcase to hold it. This is an exposed-spine binding so the sewing creates a decorative addition to the book. The slipcase is a variation of the soft-sided case and is readily adaptable to any size book. Both structures are suited for use as journals or in small letterpress editions and are a fine addition to your bookmaking repertoire.

Certificate: Category D

$60 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $20 supply fee

Intermediate Book Repair

with Jana Pullman
Sat-Sun, December 7 & 8; 10am-3pm
Intro to Binding (or equivalent) required

The cover of a book takes on a lot of wear and tear over time. This workshop will focus on repairs to cloth covers. Work with spine reinforcements, rebacking, and reattaching loose covers. Bring three (non-leather) books in need of repair to the workshop.

Certificate: Category B or C

$180 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $10 supply fee

Weekend Intro to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Anna Haglin
Saturday-Sunday, January 11 & 12; 9am-4pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 14 hours, Category A

$252 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $50 supply fee

Quilt and Bead Embellished Coptic Stitch Journal

with Georgia Greeley
Sunday, January 26; 10am-5pm

Learn the two-needle coptic stitch binding with a few flourishes! With instructor support, explore prepping cloth for quilting, beading, and attaching to book board, as well as hand-quilting and cloth beading techniques. Combine these steps into a traditionally stitched, uniquebook.

Certificate: 7 hours, Category D

$126 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 supply fee

Cartonnage: Heart Box

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 2; 9am-5pm

Make a heart shaped box with a fitted lid, perfect for storage and Valentine gift-giving. Class will include discussion on how to make variations on design and size. 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 your marbled papers. In this class, we’ll review the essential elements of making unique containers from book board, then covering those structures with decorative papers. Learn the basics of design and construction using various boards, as well as the ins and outs of measuring, cutting, and applying decorative papers. All structural components will be hand cut in class.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category B or D

$144 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 supply fee

Steampunk Book Box

with Sarah Ta
Wednesday evenings, February 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm

In this course, you will learn how to create a steampunk-inspired book that includes a hand-stitched signature and a box to store small trinkets. Learn new and creative techniques to incorporate such as embossing, stiffening fabric for binding, painting, paper collaging, and decoupage. Participants will walk away with a completed treasure they can share and the skills to make more!

Certificate: 9 hours, Category D

$162 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 supply fee

Dirty Works: Valentine Postcard Printing

with Laura Brown
Friday, February 7; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Fall in love withMCBA’s platen presses, perfect for printing small items like postcards. Together, the class will set a few short phrases in wood or large metal type, and print sets of special postcards for sending to the ones you love!

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Coptic Binding, Two Ways

with Sue Bjerke
Sunday, February 9; 9am-5pm

Coptic binding is an essential and versatile part of a binder’s repertoire. The book opens flat to form a very usable journal or sketchbook for many applications and can be made of traditional or non-traditional materials. Our first version will use wooden covers with the two-needle sewing. For the second, we will wrap book board in decorative paper and learn the four-needle sewing with two colors of thread. Students will learn to use the curved needle technique and will keep the needles for their further use. This historical binding was developed during the second to third century in Egypt. Adapting the technique of interlacing threads in carpet making, a chain or link stitch was used to bind the sections together. It is still used in some parts of Ethiopia today.

Certificate: 8 hours, Category A or D

$144 + $20 supply fee

Weekend Introduction to Binding

with Jana Pullman
Saturday-Sunday, February 15 & 16; 10am-4pm

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: 14 hours, Category A; fulfills bookbinding requirement

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

Quirky Concertinas II

with Georgia Greeley
Monday, February 17; 6-9pm

Hardcover extended Accordion w/belly band, Accordion w/frames, Reverse Window Accordion. Learn about the concertina form by making three different styles of concertina books. Each participant will bring home two completed book models and directions and practice pages for a third book. The instructor will discuss and show examples of more kinds of concertinas as well as show options for filling the books with content, both written and visual.

Certificate: 3 hours, Category D

$60 + $20 supply fee

Evening Intro to Book Arts

with Laura Brown and Anna Haglin
Thursdays, February 27, March 5, 12, 19; 6-9pm

A perfect introduction to book arts! First, get your feet wet (literally!) in the paper studio, exploring the Western tradition of papermaking. Next, use screen printing to layer colors and shapes in a collaborative project. Investigate letterpress as you set type and create prints on the Vandercook press. Finally, bind a selection of your handmade and printed papers together into simple folded and pamphlet-stitched books. With a focus on learning several basic techniques, this class is perfect for experimentation and play across disciplines with a look at the relationship between material and process.

Certificate: 12 hours, Category A

$216 ($175 members) + $50 supply fee

Content Development for Small, Handmade Books

with Regula Russelle
Wednedays, March 4-April 8; 6-9pm

Explore ideas for mini memoirs, “how to” zines, and small books that carry poetic or philosophical questions or threads. Look through samples, then make two or three simple books that are either complete or will serve as sturdy drafts for future work. Techniques are taught with inexpensive tools and materials so that you gain skills to later make small books at home.

Certificate: 18 hours, Category C or D

$324 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

Dirty Works: Blizzard Book

with Sue Bjerke
Friday, March 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

The blizzard book, designed by book artist and conservator Hedi Kyle, is a structure made from a single large sheet of paper folded into many connected compartments. This handy holder is great for organizing and makes a unique gift.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee

Dirty Works: Ink Unleashed! Monoprinting 101

with Jessie Merriam
Friday, March 6; 6–8pm
Great for beginners

Monoprinting is a flexible and fast printmaking process. Get a taste of intaglio, relief, and collagraph processes to create one-of-a-kind prints.

Join MCBA for Dirty Works, a series of casual classes, taking place on the first Friday of each month. Activities are designed for the bookishly curious and the creatively apprehensive; no experience needed.

$35 + $5 supply fee