Introduction to Hand Bookbinding (Morning Section)

with India Johnson
Wednesdays: January 10, 17, 24; 9am–12pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn foundational skills in bookbinding while making three book structures: pamphlet binding (single- and double-section), slotted tape binding, and a hardcover, flat-back book with three-piece case. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make these bindings again in different sizes and with other options for materials. Learn how to find the grain direction in a variety of papers along with how to score and fold paper. Get familiar with book cloth and how to handle common bookbinding adhesives. Learn methods of measuring paper and basic cutting equipment operation. 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.

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

Previously called Bookbinding 1: Sewn and Folded Books, this workshop has been updated to include a hardcover binding.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 9 hours, Category A; fulfills Core binding requirement

$221/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 materials fee
$111 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $40 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 1/5 at midnight (CT).