Erin Fletcher : Fine Binding & Edition Binding
Upcoming Workshops
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Make Your Own Punching Cradle
May 20 (Saturday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA
Fundamentals of Bookbinding I
June 19 - 23 (Monday - Friday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA
Three-Part Bradel Binding
June 26 - 29 (Monday - Friday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA
Single Signature Binding
July 14 - 16 (Friday - Sunday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA




Bookbinding Workshop Descriptions

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I - 5 day workshop
Students will learn the foundations of bookbinding with hands-on experience and discussion. The course will cover non-adhesive structures and case bindings, which will teach structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various materials, tools and equipment. Throughout the course discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. This class will cover non-adhesive structures such as coptic, historical long stitch and case bindings such as flat back, rounded back.

  • Previously taught at North Bennet Street School

Fundamentals of Bookbinding II - 5 day workshop
This course will focus on hardcover structures. Students will continue with rounded back case bindings and end the course with on-set board binding. Throughout the course students will fine-tune their skills through repetition and develop a focus to details such as, endpapers structures and headband variations. Topics of discussion will include an overview of bindery equipment such as stamping on the Kwikprint and trimming with the plough.

  • Previously taught at North Bennet Street School

Focus on Case Bindings - 5 day workshop
This course will focus on case binding structures. Students will learn these structures through repetition while exploring minor changes in technique with each book. Throughout the week the course will cover structural elements, sewing variations, covering and cutting techniques using various tools and equipment. Discussions will cover terminology, paper grain and folding, selecting proper materials and tools, and adhesives and their properties. This course is suitable for beginners or those who want to refresh their skills.

  • Previously taught at North Bennet Street School
Building Boxes - 4 day workshop
Books, documents and other objects can be damaged by the atmosphere around them; either by dust, temperature or sunlight. Creating an enclosure for your item is one way to protect them from their environment. In this workshop, students will construct a book, which they will then build 4 different enclosures around. The list of enclosures includes a slipcase, 4-flap enclosure, clamshell box and "pizza" box. In addition to the enclosures, students will also make a leather spine chemise around a book from their own collection.

  • Previously taught at North Bennet Street School

Rebind a Book and Make a Custom Box - 5 day workshop
In this workshop, students rebind an existing commercial binding by carefully removing the case and make a new binding with a leather spine and false raised bands. This workshop is perfect for those who have taken a Fundamental workshops or have a basic understanding of bookbinding techniques. Students learn a new binding structure and how to work with leather. In addition, students construct a clamshell box to fit their newly bound book. Students provide their own hardbound book to rebind, preferably nothing larger than 7" x 9" x 2". This workshop is suitable for students with some bookbinding experience and minimal exposure to leather.

  • Previously taught at North Bennet Street School

Millimeter Binding - 3 or 5 day workshop
Each student completes one blank model of the Rubow millimeter structure. A millimeter binding is a quick, yet refined leather structure traditionally covered with a handmade paste paper. Students create paste paper through simple techniques and learn the steps to create the millimeter binding structure; sewing on flattened cords, rounding and backing, edge decoration and simple leather paring techniques. We discuss the history of millimeter bindings and alternative versions of the structure. This workshop is suitable for students with some bookbinding experience and minimal exposure to leather.

Secret Belgian Binding - 2 day workshop
Students will put together two variations on a non-adhesive structure known as a Secret Belgian binding. This structure is quick simple and quick to construct. It opens flat and is perfect for blank journals, poetry or short stories.

  • Previously taught at The Art Institute of Boston & North Bennet Street School & Rocky Mountain Chapter Guild of BookWorkers

Variations of the Single Signature Binding - 4 day workshop
Students will begin this workshop making a simple softcover pamphlet booklet. Students will then take this basic bookbinding technique and create two different hardcover single signature bindings. The first is a modified stub binding, which pushes the signature away from the spine, allowing the text to open flat. The second is a modified Bradel binding with a leather spine. Students should have a basic understanding of bookbinding, no leather experience necessary.

  • Previously taught at North Bennet Street School