Introduction to Bookbinding (four-session workshop)

In this online workshop, we will explore traditional bookbinding structures some very modern materials and techniques. This is a great class for an introduction to the world of making books. You will gain a solid foundation in basic binding techniques as well as comfort with various tools and materials.

Through demonstrations and guided instruction, students will work through multiple projects in each class.

Special notes:
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class.

You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 10.

What you will learn:

  • The basic hand skills of cutting, folding, and sewing various materials

  • Different papers and other materials used in bookbinding

  • Several different types of bindings based on historic structures and techniques

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

Required supplies, tools:

  • Pencil

  • White eraser

  • Bone folder

  • Awl

  • Metal ruler

  • Triangle (not 100% necessary, but it can really help)

  • Scissors

  • Olfa cutting knife or X-acto with extra blades

  • Stiff bristle brush – for gluing (at least .5” can be synthetic)

  • Self-healing Cutting Mat or piece of scrap board to cut into

  • Small container for glue (disposable cup will work)

  • Bookbinding needles – any larger sized needle will work, doesn’t have to be super sharp you will be pre-punching holes with your awl

  • Binder clips – at least two medium-sized

Required supplies: materials

  • Bookbinding glue

  • Bookbinding tapes

  • Binding thread – You will see your thread on some of the bindings. The instructor has included plain linen thread and colored thread on the list. If you are ok with plain thread, it will do for all the books.

  • Bees wax – not necessary, but does help for beginner binders when sewing

  • Thick board – this is the Illustration Board on the list. Scraps of four-ply mat board work great. We are using this instead of a traditional book board.

  • Book cloth – any color you like. It will get used on three different books. One roll is enough.

  • Scrap paper – this is for making jigs and gluing up on.

  • Text block paper – a ream of copy paper would work 8.5 x 11, or anything below 80 lb.

  • Cover paper – this will be used for three of the books we will be making. One large piece of paper would be more than enough. Anything above 90 lb.

  • Decorative paper – you will need some for two of your books. This will be going with your book cloth so choose accordingly.