Miniature Books (four-session workshop)

Prized by collectors and artists since the Middle Ages, miniature books challenge you to scale down every element of book-making, from materials and tools to image and text. In four sessions you’ll make several small volumes in a variety of bindings using minimal materials to produce tiny treasures that will delight. Some experience helpful, but not necessary.

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. Within 48 hours of registration, 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 Monday, November 16.

What you will learn:

  • 4-5 different binding styles

  • General bookbinding techniques

  • Techniques for miniaturizing a book

Required supplies:

  • The instructor created a list through Blick U. You don’t have to buy your supplies from Blick, but it gives visual examples of the items you will need. The instructor included multiple options for some of the same items so you can choose.

  • 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

  • Bookbinding glue

  • Binding thread – You will see your thread on some of the bindings. If you are ok with plain thread, it will do for all the books.

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

  • Thick board – this is the illustration board on the list. Scraps of 4-ply mat board work great. We are using this instead of traditional book board.

  • Book cloth – any color you like it will get used on 3 different books. One roll is more than enough for minis.

  • 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. Mohawk Superfine Paper is listed as an example. If you choose Mohawk six sheets will be more than enough.

  • Cover paper – one large piece of paper would be more than enough. Anything above 90 lb.

  • Decorative paper – This will be going with your book cloth so choose accordingly. Minis are perfect for those small pieces you’ve been saving.