Erin Fletcher : Fine Binding & Edition Binding
Teaching a Workshop
Workshops have been an important part of Herringbone Bindery since I began teaching in 2012. I offer instruction for all of the workshops listed below. To schedule a workshop for your institution or organization please contact me.

If you are interested in another binding topic or technique that is not listed, please contact me with your inquiry and we can discuss the possibilities.

Workshop Descriptions
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 phase 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

Cross Structure Binding - 1 or 2 day workshop
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.

This workshop is offered as a 1 or 2-day class. Students will create 2 variations of the Cross Structure in the 1-day workshop and 4 variations in the 2-day workshop. Students will work in both handmade paper and leather to create their models. If time permits, students will have an opportunity to decorate their covers.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School

Embroidered Leather - 2 or 4 day workshop
Embroidery has been used as a decorative technique on bindings for centuries. In Europe, particularly England, around the 15th – 17th century a great number of bindings were heavily adorned with embroidery. The substrate was typically canvas, silk or velvet. The designs fell into three distinct categories: heraldic, floral and figurative. Today, embroidery as a decorative technique is seeing a revival in contemporary design bindings and artist books. Many artists and binders are experimenting with embroidery on a range of materials including leather.

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather, ways to transfer a design and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of creating texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature blank book.

This workshop is offered as either a 2-day or 4-day workshop. Students will create a miniature embroidered leather binding in each class. The 4-day class offers students to create a more complex design and work in other decorative techniques. Some experience with leather and paring is necessary.

Previously taught at:
  • Paper and Book Intensive 2018
  • Lone Star Chapter Guild of Book Workers

Japanese 4-Hole Binding - 1 day workshop
In this workshop, students will construct a common Japanese binding model, traditionally referred to as yotsume toji or 4-hole binding. We will build the model in a traditional manner, while incorporating western tools and equipment. This workshop will provide a better understanding of the structure and the foundation for which to alter the number of holes and sewing pattern.

This workshop is offered as a 1-day class. Students will make 2 models sewn in two different traditional patterns.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School

Limp Vellum and Paper Case Binding - 2 day workshop
With the advent of printing in the 15th century books were printed in larger quantities creating a higher demand for bookbinders. The Limp Vellum structure came about as a way for binders to quickly construct an elegant and durable binding to meet this new demand. This workshop will focus on the construction of the Limp Vellum binding structure, which is suitable for conservation or new bindings. Each student will use a sewing frame, create hand-sewn endbands and learn how to fold the vellum properly before lacing in.

This workshop is offered as a 2-day class. Students may create their model in either vellum or handmade paper.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School

Make a Custom Binding - 2 day workshop
Want to customize your favorite novel? Or remake a cover for an old book in your library? In this workshop, students will learn how to rebind a book with a custom cover by taking apart their existing book and prep it for a new hardcover case.

This workshop is offered as a 2-day class. Students should bring 2-3 hardcover books from their library that do not exceed 9 inches in height or width and are no thicker than 1 inch. The text block should be sewn and in good condition. Students are also encouraged to bring their own decorative papers that best match the content of their books. If the studio is equipped with a Kwikprint, students will make a custom label with the title of their book.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School

Millimeter Binding - 3, 4 or 5 day workshop
The millimeter binding came about during World War I when leather became a scarce resource for binders. Still wanting to provide an elegant leather binding for their clients, binders would use a minimal amount of leather to cover the spine (about 1-2mm would creep onto the board from the joint). In this workshop students, will be creating a Rubow-style millimeter binding, which has a small amount of leather running across the head and tail edge of the binding. The remaining part of the binding will be covered in a handmade paste paper.

This workshop is offered as a 3, 4 or 5-day class. Students will have the chance to make their own paste paper in the 4 or 5-day workshop. If a plough or guillotine is available, students will be able to decorate the head edge of the text block.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School
  • Maine Media Workshops + College

Secret Belgian Binding - 1 or 2 day workshop
This workshop will explore the Secret Belgian structure and ways to modify it. The binding is simple and easy to construct; it opens flat and is perfect for thinner text blocks.

This workshop is offered as a 1 or 2-day class. Students will create 2 variations during a 1-day class and 3 variations during a 2-day class. During the 2-day workshop, students will use techniques developed by Anne Goy to alter the traditional appearance of the structure through added weaving and Tyvek.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter Guild of Book Workers
  • The Art Institute of Boston
  • University of Southern Maine

3-Part Bradel Binding - 4 day workshop
The 3-Part Bradel binding offers a unique aesthetic over a traditional case binding. As the name suggests, the binding is assembled in three parts, which encourages the binder to use different materials to dress the spine and covers. For this workshop, students will use leather to cover the spine and cloth or paper for the covers. Students will be guided as they pare their own leather.

Students will also be using a variety of bindery equipment such as a sewing frame, job backer and plow to complete their structure (varies based studio availability). We will also cover how to create a painted, decorative edge and stamp a custom label.

This workshop is offered as a 4-day class. Experience with leather is not necessary, but encouraged.

Previously taught at:
  • North Bennet Street School
  • San Francisco Center for the Book
The Shrigley - 2 day workshop
The Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs 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.

The Shrigley was developed by Ben Elbel and permission has been granted for Erin Fletcher to teach this structure.

This workshop is offered as a 2-day class. Students are invited to bring their own photographs, postcards or other material for the content of their model.

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