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 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $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 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $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 (10% discount for MCBA 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

Secret Belgian Binding

with Sarah Peterson
Saturday, March 14; 10am-3pm

Learn to make this fun modern binding! It was created in the 1980s as a temporary alternative to the Japanese Stab Binding that would open flat. Participants will learn the two-step sewn binding that results in an exposed cover binding that becomes part of the book design and decoration. Decorative papers and colorful threads will be incorporated and students will go home with a new binding technique for their portfolio.

Certificate: 5 hours, Category B or D

$90 (10% discount for MCBA members) + $35 supply fee

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