Cross Structure Binding

with Bridget O’Malley
Saturday, March 25; 10am–4pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn the cross structure binding, a versatile softcover binding that features a decorative woven cover. The quires, also known as signatures or gatherings of text pages, are sewn to the cover to make a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Paper covers can be made from a single sheet of paper or from any cover stock papers of contrasting color or design to create unique design possibilities. This workshop provides an introduction to basic tools and materials, and will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make your own notebooks and journals again at home in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction in a variety of papers and come away with a foundation for growing your skills in bookbinding.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$130/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee
$65 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 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.

Masks are strongly recommended for program participants working close to others in MCBA’s studios. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 3/20 at midnight (CT).