Binding & Boxmaking

In an effort to support social distancing and to continue to spark the artistic impulse in all of us, MCBA is offering live, virtual workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. Art and meaningful connection are more important now than ever! With the help of an online platform, MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you wherever you are. Workshops are interactive and not recorded.

Virtual workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition while registration is open. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions? This PDF contains a detailed list of FAQs.  If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.


Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


Japanese Stab Binding

with Laurel Jedamus
Tuesday, March 30; 6–9pm CT

Try your hand at Japanese stab binding, a book structure with origins dating from the 1600s in Japan, China, and Korea. The Japanese stab binding features unique exposed sewing patterns and works well for binding several separate sheets of paper together. In this virtual workshop, make two softcover books using two traditional sewing patterns, Kangxi and Hemp Leaf. Continue reading “Japanese Stab Binding”

Map Folds: More Than What Meets the Eye

with Laurel Jedamus
Wednesday, April 7; 7–9pm CT

A map fold is a large sheet of paper that gracefully collapses, when folded, into a book. Map folds are an ingenious way to include a larger map, image, or artwork into a book. They also offer a way to enhance a simple book structure with a unique sculptural element. In this virtual workshop, learn two styles of map folds: a Turkish map fold and a Hungarian map fold. Then, learn methods for including them in a simple pamphlet stitch book. Continue reading “Map Folds: More Than What Meets the Eye”

Fun with Accordions

with Rosae Reeder
Saturdays: May 1, 8; 9am–12pm CT

The accordion fold is one of the most versatile techniques used in bookbinding. It is exhibited in single-page books and concertina bindings, and is the foundation of many other book structures. In this virtual workshop, explore two of Rosae’s favorite accordion-based structures—an accordion book featuring a non-adhesive cover, and an expandable, hardcover album. Continue reading “Fun with Accordions”