Since 1983 the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild has worked to support the development of the book arts in Canada. This web site is dedicated to that effort. The book arts include bookbinding, artists' books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing and typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation.


Le Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (la Guilde canadienne des relieurs et des artistes du livre) soutient le développement des arts du livre au Canada depuis 1983.  Notre site web est un élément important de cette démarche. Les arts du livre comprennent la reliure d’art, les livres d’artistes, la fabrication de papier, la calligraphie, l’impression typographique, la gravure sur bois, la décoration du papier, la restauration et la conservation.

Sewn Boards Binding with Sewn-In Wrapper

Instructor: Karen Hanmer

Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021

Hours: 1 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

Course fee: $105 members / $165 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Level Binders (Bookbinding 1 is strongly recommended) or permission of the registrar


Presented by: GTA Chapter

Registration closes: Weds Oct 20, 2021, 11:59 PM

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded and available for the registrants to view until November 15, 2021

This variation on the Sewn Boards Binding is based on a model by Gary Frost in the University of Iowa Library. Before sewing, a long strip of card is hinged around the one of the card folios that start and end the book. The stub faces out.

Islamic Binding

Instructor: Stuart Hill

Location: ONLINE using MS TEAMS

Dates: 3 Saturdays, Nov 6, Nov 13, & Nov 20, 2021

Hours: 10 am – 5 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

Course fee: $315 members / $375 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)


Presented by: GTA Chapter

Registration closes: Monday, October 25, 2021, 11:59 PM

Often overlooked, the Islamic binding is a structure that has existed in its simple form for centuries, from the early 11th century into recent history. During this time, in other parts of the world, bindings were constantly evolving as improvements were required because of small failures. The Islamic unchanged form is a testament for a structure that functioned from day one and followed the spread of Islam around the world.

In Session 1, you will be introduced to the Islamic Binding, it’s history and form. During this session you will assemble the text block and learn about the multiple sewing patterns.

The head bands are not only functional but highly decorative. Session 2 will be spent practicing and then applying headbands to your text block.

The Islamic Binding is an early form of case binding. During the last session, the covers are assembled using leather elements and decorative paper. Finally, the text block and covers come together for your very own luxurious Islamic book form.

Each day of the workshop will be structured into three sessions. There will be some work that will need to be done outside of the workshop hours. All of the times below are Eastern time.

· The A session will be three hours from 9-12.

· The B session will be two hours from 12-2. It will serve as a lunch break, time in which the instructor can offer individual help, and individual work time to prepare for session C.

· The C Session will be 2 hours from 2-4 PM.

This is a live workshop and will not be recorded.

Please review the technical requirements on the workshop registration page prior to registration to be sure you can participate.

Home Study Guided Stream - Next Cohort Starts March 14, 2022

Registration is now open for the next cohort of Home Study with a March 14,  2022 start.

Mentor: Barbara Helander

Location: ONLINE using the Thinkific platform and Zoom

Online workshop starts: February 2022

There will be a total of 4 one-hour Zoom meetings, during which the Mentor will lead a review of the group's project submissions, discuss challenges, and answer questions, emulating the in-person workshop more closely.

Course fee*: $700 members / $760 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: none

Maximum Enrollment: 10 students

Prior to registration, all interested participants must read this pdf which details the guidelines and expectations for the Guided Stream of the Home Study Programme.

*Project materials kit to registrants as part of the workshop fee. Postage will be an additional cost.

For more, details check out the full listing of Home Study Programme

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