Introduction to Book Art Structures (five-session workshop)

Explore a wide variety of book structures ranging from single sheet books to glued and sewn hardcover books. You will gain a solid foundation in basic binding techniques as well as comfort with various tools and materials to make your own beautiful books! Projects will include single sheet books; pamphlet stitch variations; two, and three signature bindings; link stitch binding; the drum leaf binding; link stitch binding; and finally a hardcover book sewn on tapes.

What you will learn:

  • You will learn the basic hand skills of cutting, folding, and gluing various materials

  • You will learn about different finishing possibilities — cover options, cover materials choices, thread choices, etc.

  • You will learn several different types of bindings that allow for a wide range of material and aesthetic choices

  • Sources for materials, tools, and instructional guidance for future learning

Required supplies:

  • Your studio fee includes many of the materials used in this workshop including sewing needles, linen thread, paper, PVA glue, book board, and book cloth. There are some additional tools you will need, see below.

  • Bone folder

  • Stiff bristle brush for gluing (at least 1” can be synthetic)

  • Olfa cutting knife (or X-acto) with blades

  • Straight edge, or metal ruler

  • Pencil

  • White eraser

  • Empty container for glue (for example a yogurt container, but should have lid)

  • Decorative paper