Laced Unsupported Case Binding

with Karen Hanmer
Wednesdays: April 12 & 19; 6–8pm CT

For centuries paper has served as a quick, elegant, and economical covering material for books. This versatile material can create structures ranging from pocket notebooks to conservation-friendly bindings, featuring a case durable enough for a heavily-used manual.

Historically, the text block for a paper case was sewn on narrow fiber or leather supports. The supports were laced into the case at the spine folds for a non-adhesive attachment. In this version, the text block is sewn without supports. Added straps of strong, flexible handmade paper are both decorative and structural.

This fast-paced workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders and beginners who are ready for their next challenge. All participants must be comfortable sewing books independently.

Experience required
Certificate: 4 hours, Category B, C or D

$120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$60 for scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members)
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.

What you’ll need to participate
Tech requirements: For this highly participatory virtual workshop, we recommend joining on a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and microphone, if possible. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom (it’s free!) and accessing the workshop online approximately 2 days before the workshop’s start date.
Materials: You are responsible for sourcing your own materials from the materials list. You are welcome to reach out to teaching artists with questions about materials in advance of the workshop (contact information is listed on the materials list).

Please note: Registration closes 4/6 at midnight (CT).