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  1. Just a Few Workshops Left in 2021!

    September 14, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

    There are just a few workshops left in 2021 to sign-up for!

    OCTOBER
    Trio of Japanese Bindings in a Wraparound Case
    3 Sessions // October 3 – 17 (Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by September 20 to receive you material kit! – 3 SPOTS LEFT!!

    In this workshop, students will construct a common Japanese binding model, traditionally referred to as yotsume toji or 4-hole binding. With this pattern as the foundation, students will also learn the hemp-leaf and tortoise-shell pattern. We will build the models in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment. To finish, we will construct a wraparound case held together with bone clasps to house all three models.

    NOVEMBER
    Choose Your Own Adventure: Cross Structure
    1 – 5 Sessions // November 30 – December 14 (Tues and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by November 18 to receive you material kit!

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era and can be constructed in a range of styles. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as journals or decorative bindings. For this workshop, you can sign up for any number of sessions.

    Choose Your Own Adventure:
    Session 1 – Basic
    Session 2 – Protective
    Session 3 – Hidden
    Session 4 – MarcoPolo
    Session 5 – Solo

    Sign up for all 5 and receive a $25 discount.


  2. Upcoming Workshops // August – December

    August 10, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

    AUGUST
    Focus on Clamshell
    4 Sessions // August 31 – September 9 (Tues and Thurs evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by August 18 to receive you material kit! – ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT

    A clamshell box is a common and elegant way to house and protect a binding. In this workshop students will learn how to measure and cut down materials to make two custom clamshell boxes to house books from their own library. The first box will be covered in full cloth, while the second box will have a leather spine with suede lining the inside. Each box will be finished with a printed label.


    SEPTEMBER
    Embroidered Leather Binding
    6 Sessions // September 28 – November 2 (Tuesday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by September 15 to receive you material kit!

    In this workshop, students will work from start to finish on their own embroidered leather binding over the course of several sessions. Students will be asked to prep their own text block and leather for a full leather case binding, however a kit of materials is available for purchase. Students will be introduced to a few hand-embroidery stitches and the best techniques for sewing into leather, cloth, and paper. We will also discuss ways to transfer the design onto the material, how to incorporate onlays and how to prepare the finished embroidered piece for covering.


    OCTOBER
    Trio of Japanese Bindings in a Wraparound Case
    3 Sessions // October 3 – 17 (Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by September 20 to receive you material kit!

    In this workshop, students will construct a common Japanese binding model, traditionally referred to as yotsume toji or 4-hole binding. With this pattern as the foundation, students will also learn the hemp-leaf and tortoise-shell pattern. We will build the models in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment. To finish, we will construct a wraparound case held together with bone clasps to house all three models.


    NOVEMBER
    Secret Belgian + Single Signature
    November 8 – 12 (Monday – Friday)
    Maine Media Workshops + College
    Rockport, ME – In-person

    During this week-long workshop students will explore variations within two different styles of binding: Secret Belgian and Single Signature.

    Choose Your Own Adventure: Cross Structure
    1 – 5 Sessions // November 30 – December 14 (Tues and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by November 18 to receive you material kit!

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era and can be constructed in a range of styles. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as journals or decorative bindings. For this workshop, you can sign up for any number of sessions.

    Choose Your Own Adventure:
    Session 1 – Basic
    Session 2 – Protective
    Session 3 – Hidden
    Session 4 – MarcoPolo
    Session 5 – Solo

    Sign up for all 5 and receive a $25 discount.


  3. Upcoming Workshops // August – December

    July 13, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

    AUGUST
    2-Day: Shrigley
    3 Sessions // August 23 & 27 (Monday & Friday)
    Aug. 23: 10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Aug. 27: 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College – Online

    The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.

    Focus on Clamshell
    4 Sessions // August 31 – September 9 (Tues and Thurs evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by August 18 to receive you material kit!

    A clamshell box is a common and elegant way to house and protect a binding. In this workshop students will learn how to measure and cut down materials to make two custom clamshell boxes to house books from their own library. The first box will be covered in full cloth, while the second box will have a leather spine with suede lining the inside. Each box will be finished with a printed label.


    SEPTEMBER
    Embroidered Leather Binding
    6 Sessions // September 28 – November 2 (Tuesday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by September 15 to receive you material kit!

    In this workshop, students will work from start to finish on their own embroidered leather binding over the course of several sessions. Students will be asked to prep their own text block and leather for a full leather case binding, however a kit of materials is available for purchase. Students will be introduced to a few hand-embroidery stitches and the best techniques for sewing into leather, cloth, and paper. We will also discuss ways to transfer the design onto the material, how to incorporate onlays and how to prepare the finished embroidered piece for covering.


    OCTOBER
    Trio of Japanese Bindings in a Wraparound Case
    3 Sessions // October 3 – 17 (Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by September 20 to receive you material kit!

    In this workshop, students will construct a common Japanese binding model, traditionally referred to as yotsume toji or 4-hole binding. With this pattern as the foundation, students will also learn the hemp-leaf and tortoise-shell pattern. We will build the models in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment. To finish, we will construct a wraparound case held together with bone clasps to house all three models.


    NOVEMBER
    Secret Belgian + Single Signature
    November 8 – 12 (Monday – Friday)
    Maine Media Workshops + College
    Rockport, ME – In-person

    During this week-long workshop students will explore variations within two different styles of binding: Secret Belgian and Single Signature.

    Choose Your Own Adventure: Cross Structure
    1 – 5 Sessions // November 30 – December 14 (Tues and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by November 18 to receive you material kit!

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era and can be constructed in a range of styles. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as journals or decorative bindings. For this workshop, you can sign up for any number of sessions.

    Choose Your Own Adventure:
    Session 1 – Basic
    Session 2 – Protective
    Session 3 – Hidden
    Session 4 – MarcoPolo
    Session 5 – Solo

    Sign up for all 5 and receive a $25 discount.


  4. Upcoming Workshops // Summer 2021

    May 11, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

    Making your summer plans? Consider signing up for an online workshop. No matter where you are in the world, you can now register for a workshop! All workshops will be recorded and will be available to students who register, so no need to stay up late for class if you live in a different time zone. Can’t wait to see you in class!

    JUNE
    Cross Structure Binding
    4 Sessions // June 8 – 17 (Tuesday and Thursday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by May 25 to receive your material kit! – ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine.

    In this workshop, students will create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather to create their models.

    Variations on Single Signature Bindings
    4 Sessions // June 22 – July 1 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by June 8 to receive your material kit!

    Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some may span only a few pages, while others become a thick tome. In this workshop, we’ll explore the former as we create a multitude of models with both soft and hardcovers.

    Students will begin this workshop by making a series of simple softcover pamphlets using a variety of sewing patterns before moving on to hardcover structures. All of these structures allow the book to lay flat and are perfect for chapbooks, presentation pamphlets or short stories.


    JULY
    *NEW*
    Quick Enclosures Series
    3 Sessions // July 11 – 25 (Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by June 29 to receive your material kit!

    This workshop will focus on quick enclosures that can be constructed from sturdy paper and heavy cardstock. Many of the folding techniques presented in this workshop stem from origami, which have been further explored by the imitable Hedi Kyle. In addition, students will also learn how to construct paper slipcases and 4-flap enclosures often used in conservation.

    We will discuss how to cut and measure for custom projects, however the kit will include a small blank book, which will be used to construct the enclosures during the workshop.

    *JUST ADDED*
    Box Series
    4 Sessions // July 20 – 29 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by July 8 to receive your material kit!

    Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.


    AUGUST
    Box Series
    4 Sessions // August 3 – 12 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    SOLD OUT

    Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.

    2-Day: Shrigley
    3 Sessions // August 23 & 27 (Monday & Friday)
    Aug. 23: 10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Aug. 27: 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College – Online

    The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.


  5. Upcoming Workshops // June – August

    April 13, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

    Making your summer plans? Consider signing up for an online workshop. No matter where you are in the world, you can now register for a workshop! All workshops will be recorded and will be available to students who register, so no need to stay up late for class if you live in a different time zone. Can’t wait to see you in class!

    JUNE
    Cross Structure Binding
    4 Sessions // June 8 – 17 (Tuesday and Thursday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by May 25 to receive your material kit!

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine.

    In this workshop, students will create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather to create their models.

    Variations on Single Signature Bindings
    4 Sessions // June 22 – July 1 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by June 8 to receive your material kit!

    Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some may span only a few pages, while others become a thick tome. In this workshop, we’ll explore the former as we create a multitude of models with both soft and hardcovers.

    Students will begin this workshop by making a series of simple softcover pamphlets using a variety of sewing patterns before moving on to hardcover structures. All of these structures allow the book to lay flat and are perfect for chapbooks, presentation pamphlets or short stories.

    JULY
    *NEW*
    Quick Enclosures Series
    3 Sessions // July 11 – 25 (Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by June 29 to receive your material kit!

    This workshop will focus on quick enclosures that can be constructed from sturdy paper and heavy cardstock. Many of the folding techniques presented in this workshop stem from origami, which have been further explored by the imitable Hedi Kyle. In addition, students will also learn how to construct paper slipcases and 4-flap enclosures often used in conservation.

    We will discuss how to cut and measure for custom projects, however the kit will include a small blank book, which will be used to construct the enclosures during the workshop.

    AUGUST
    Box Series
    4 Sessions // August 3 – 12 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by July 20 to receive your material kit!

    ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!

    Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.

    2-Day: Shrigley
    3 Sessions // August 23 & 27 (Monday & Friday)
    Aug. 23: 10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Aug. 27: 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College – Online

    The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.


  6. Upcoming Workshops // January – April

    January 12, 2021 by Erin Fletcher

    JANUARY
    Embroidered Leather Binding
    SOLD OUT // Add your name to the waitlist

    FEBRUARY
    2-Day: Shrigley
    Maine Media Workshops + College
    SOLD OUT // Add your name to the waitlist

    MARCH
    Choose Your Own Adventure: Non-Adhesive Bindings
    1 – 5 Sessions // March 4 – 18 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 9:00pm (EST)
    Sign- up by February 22 to receive your material kit!

    The number of ways to sew a book can seem almost endless. In this workshop, students can explore up to six different sewing patterns that are left exposed on the spine offering both structural support to the binding and unique decoration. Learning these sewing patterns, which stem from historical structures, will give students the foundation and knowledge to further explore non-adhesive bindings on their own.

    APRIL
    Box Series
    4 Sessions // April 20 – 29 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by April 9 to receive your material kit!

    Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.

    Flatback Case Binding
    2 Sessions // April 24 – 25 (Saturday and Sunday morning)
    10:00am – 1:00pm (EST)
    Sign-up by April 14 to receive your material kit!

    The Flatback Case Binding is one of the most common and recognizable structures today. In this workshop, students will learn foundational binding skills to assemble two different styles of covering known as quarter cloth and half cloth. The Flatback Case Binding is easy to construct and is perfect for small publications, artist books, journals and more.


  7. Choose Your Own Adventure Workshop // Non-Adhesive Bindings

    December 15, 2020 by Erin Fletcher

    This workshop is designed to cover a range of non-adhesive structures, just a small handful of the multitude of ways to sew a book. Non-adhesive bindings are great for any skill level, but beginner binders will learn fundamental sewing skills and work with a range of materials. Build this workshop for your skill level and your budget. Sign up for any number of workshops: 1, 3 or all 5! Receive $25 if you sign up for all 5.

    Choose Your Own Adventure // Non Adhesive
    March 4 – 18 (Tues and Thurs evenings)
    6:00 – 9:00pm (est)
    Register here


  8. Last Two Workshops for 2020

    October 15, 2020 by Erin Fletcher

    We are getting to the end of 2020 (finally) and these are the final workshops for the year. A cheerful hoorah and thanks to everyone who has participated in my online workshops since I began this past summer. I am working on new classes for 2021 and I’d love your input. Tell me what topics you are looking for in a workshop by filling out this form.

    Missed a class this year? Join the Herringbone Bindery Wait List.

    NOVEMBER
    Limp Case Binding
    4 Sessions // November 7 – 15 (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 28 to receive your material kit!
    Register here – 4 spots left

    With the advent of printing in the 15th century books were printed in larger quantities creating a higher demand for bookbinders. Limp binding structures came about as a way for binders to quickly construct an elegant and durable binding for this new demand. This beautiful style of binding is suitable for conservation or new bindings. Students will learn the proper sewing pattern for this structure, create hand-sewn endbands and how to properly fold the cover before lacing in the text block.

    In this workshop, students will learn the technique for constructing a Limp Case binding in either handmade paper or vellum. Access to a sewing frame is required for the vellum version of this binding.


    DECEMBER
    Cross Structure Binding
    4 Sessions // December 1 – 10 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by November 20 to receive your material kit!
    Register here – 4 spots left

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine.

    In this workshop, students will create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather to create their models.


  9. Upcoming Workshops // October – December

    September 15, 2020 by Erin Fletcher

    OCTOBER
    2-Day: Shrigley
    3 Sessions // October 5 & 9 (Monday & Friday)
    Oct. 5: 10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Oct. 9: 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College

    The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.

    1-Day: Japanese 4-Hole Binding
    2 Sessions // October 7 (Wednesday)
    10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College

    Yotsume Toji or 4-hole binding is a common Japanese binding structure with a long history of use. Students will build their model in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment to develop a better understanding of the structure. Students will explore ways of modifying the sewing pattern on their own before reconnecting for a Q&A session.

    2-Day: Secret Belgian Binding
    4 Sessions // October 10 – 11 (Saturday – Sunday)
    10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College

    The Secret Belgian binding, also known as Criss Cross binding, was developed by Anne Goy in the mid-1980s and is influenced by traditional Japanese binding styles. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. Students will construct 3 variations of this structure, including a style which uses Tyvek as the binding agent.

    Flatback Case Binding
    2 Sessions // October 24 – 25 (Saturday and Sunday morning)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 14 to receive your material kit!
    Register here

    The Flatback Case Binding is one of the most common and recognizable structures today. In this workshop, students will learn foundational binding skills to assemble two different styles of covering known as quarter cloth and half cloth. The Flatback Case Binding is easy to construct and is perfect for small publications, artist books, journals and more.


    NOVEMBER
    Box Series
    4 Sessions // November 3 – 12 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 23 to receive your material kit!
    SOLD OUT – Add Your Name to Wait List

    Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.

    Limp Case Binding
    4 Sessions // November 7 – 15 (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 28 to receive your material kit!
    Register here

    With the advent of printing in the 15th century books were printed in larger quantities creating a higher demand for bookbinders. Limp binding structures came about as a way for binders to quickly construct an elegant and durable binding for this new demand. This beautiful style of binding is suitable for conservation or new bindings. Students will learn the proper sewing pattern for this structure, create hand-sewn endbands and how to properly fold the cover before lacing in the text block.

    In this workshop, students will learn the technique for constructing a Limp Case binding in either handmade paper or vellum. Access to a sewing frame is required for the vellum version of this binding.


    DECEMBER
    Cross Structure Binding
    4 Sessions // December 1 – 10 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by November 20 to receive your material kit!
    Register here

    The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine.

    In this workshop, students will create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather to create their models.


  10. Upcoming Workshops // September – November

    August 14, 2020 by Erin Fletcher

    SEPTEMBER
    Variations on Single Signature Bindings
    4 Sessions // September 8 – 17 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by August 28 to receive your material kit!
    Register here – Only 2 spots left!!

    Books come in all shapes and sizes. Some may span only a few pages, while others become a thick tome. In this workshop, we’ll explore the former as we create a multitude of models with both soft and hardcovers.

    Students will begin this workshop by making a series of simple softcover pamphlets using a variety of sewing patterns before moving on to hardcover structures. All of these structures allow the book to lay flat and are perfect for chapbooks, presentation pamphlets or short stories.


    OCTOBER
    2-Day: Shrigley
    3 Sessions // October 5 & 9 (Monday & Friday)
    Oct. 5: 10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Oct. 9: 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College

    The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.

    1-Day: Japanese 4-Hole Binding
    2 Sessions // October 7 (Wednesday)
    10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College

    Yotsume Toji or 4-hole binding is a common Japanese binding structure with a long history of use. Students will build their model in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment to develop a better understanding of the structure. Students will explore ways of modifying the sewing pattern on their own before reconnecting for a Q&A session.

    2-Day: Secret Belgian Binding
    4 Sessions // October 10 – 11 (Saturday – Sunday)
    10:00am – 1:00pm & 3:00 – 6:00pm
    Maine Media Workshops + College

    The Secret Belgian binding, also known as Criss Cross binding, was developed by Anne Goy in the mid-1980s and is influenced by traditional Japanese binding styles. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks. Students will construct 3 variations of this structure, including a style which uses Tyvek as the binding agent.

    Flatback Case Binding
    2 Sessions // October 24 – 25 (Saturday and Sunday morning)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 14 to receive your material kit!
    Register here

    The Flatback Case Binding is one of the most common and recognizable structures today. In this workshop, students will learn foundational binding skills to assemble two different styles of covering known as quarter cloth and half cloth. The Flatback Case Binding is easy to construct and is perfect for small publications, artist books, journals and more.


    NOVEMBER
    Box Series
    4 Sessions // November 3 – 12 (Tuesday and Thursday evenings)
    6:00 – 8:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 23 to receive your material kit!
    Register here

    Boxes come in all shapes and sizes. In this workshop, we’ll look at just three examples: French-Tray with Drop Spine, Clamshell and Japanese Box Case. Students will learn how to assemble these three styles of boxes while also discussing the ways to measure for custom box-making. This workshop will give you the foundational skills to build and modify your own boxes. It will also explore different ways of creating closures for boxes.

    Limp Case Binding
    4 Sessions // November 7 – 15 (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
    10:00am – 12:30pm (EST)
    Sign-up by October 28 to receive your material kit!
    Register here

    With the advent of printing in the 15th century books were printed in larger quantities creating a higher demand for bookbinders. Limp binding structures came about as a way for binders to quickly construct an elegant and durable binding for this new demand. This beautiful style of binding is suitable for conservation or new bindings. Students will learn the proper sewing pattern for this structure, create hand-sewn endbands and how to properly fold the cover before lacing in the text block.

    In this workshop, students will learn the technique for constructing a Limp Case binding in either handmade paper or vellum. Access to a sewing frame is required for the vellum version of this binding.


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