Intermediate Hand Bookbinding

with India Johnson
Thursdays: March 21, 28, April 4, 11; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, build on foundational bookbinding skills to make two hardcover books (also known as case bindings) with a rounded spine. The two books will be bound the same way except for variations with the cover: One book features a cloth spine and decorative paper sides (known as a quarter binding), while the other pairs decorative paper with a cloth spine and corners (known as a half binding).

Make your own ‘stuck-on’ headband, made with a cord and bookcloth. This is a simple and elegant finish that doesn’t require as much time and effort as hand-sewn headbands. Learn to square up sections on the board shear, round books with a hammer, and back them to a 45-degree angle in MCBA’s standing press. This workshop focuses on a method for assembling cases that offers a high degree of control over the fit of the case. Achieve neat corners every time with box corners, and experience the magic of slow-drying adhesives, such as wheat starch paste and PVA/paste mixtures. Come away with a strong foundation for growing your confidence in bookbinding and the skills needed to make your own notebooks and journals at MCBA’s Bookbinding Labs.

Participants must have taken Introduction to Hand Bookbinding (or equivalent) to enroll in this workshop.

Please note that binding is a technical process involving threading needles for sewing, replicating multiple steps after a demonstration, and occasional measuring of small increments. All abilities are welcome to participate in whatever ways feel safe and comfortable.

Experience required
Certificate: 12 hours, Category B or C

$294/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 materials fee
$147 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $55 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).