Rough & Tumble Flexible Notebook

with Karen Hanmer
Wednesdays: December 6 & 13; 5–7:30pm CT

More traditionally called a “limp paper case,” this binding has its origins in the limp parchment cases of antiquity. This contemporary version is flexible enough to read on the beach, yet sturdy enough to throw in a backpack. The rounded breakaway spine feels great in the hand, keeps its shape with repeated use, and ensures the book will open fully. The folded fore edge yapp (flaps that fold over the fore edge) protects the pages at the open edge of the book.

Sewing on tapes keeps the text block square and organized while it is being constructed, and later fortifies the attachment of the text block to the case. The hooked endsheets allow complete opening at the title page. This book can be made in a sparsely equipped home studio.

This fast-paced virtual workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders and beginners who are ready for their next challenge.

Experience required
Certificate: 5 hours, Category B, C, or D

$180/participant (10% discount for MCBA members)
$90 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 12/1 at midnight (CT).