Criss-Cross Binding (AKA Secret Belgian Binding)

with Rachel Payne
Saturdays: March 23 & 30; 1–4pm CT

Come learn this not-so-secret binding designed by Belgian bookbinder Anne Goy who named the structure “Criss-Cross Binding.” Fun fact: This structure was re-created by an English binder who didn’t know the source and decided to call it “Secret Belgian Binding,” which is what this structure is commonly referred to as today.

In this in-person workshop, learn how to make a criss-cross binding and explore how this structure uses sewing similar to that of a Jacob’s ladder to create a binding that opens flat and allows the cover to flip to the back. The criss-cross binding is great for thin books, sketchbooks, and artist’s books. Come away with one completed binding, a second partially or fully complete binding, and the know-how to make more independently after the workshop.

Experience sewing multi-signature books (such as Coptic binding) or experience with sewing, quilting, or embroidery is enough experience to succeed in—and enjoy!—this workshop.

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$147/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 materials fee
$74 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $30 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.

Please note: Registration closes 3/18 at midnight (CT).