Mechanical Spine Binding

with María Carolina Ceballos
Tuesdays: May 7 & 14; 4:30–6:30pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn how to create a simple, non-adhesive binding with a mechanical spine that collapses when the book is opened on a flat surface. This elegant binding lays flat when fully open, which makes it ideal for personalized sketchbooks, journals, and artists’ books. First, learn an uncomplicated French stitch to sew the sections and covers of the book together. Then, construct the spine and attach it to the sewn book. Basic binding experience is required, including measuring, cutting, and folding paper, as well as a familiarity with tools such as a utility knife, bone folder, sewing needle, and awl.

Experience required
Certificate: 4 hours, Category B or D

$98/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$49 for BIPOC/Financial 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 5/3 at midnight (CT).