2021WKSP-10 Sewn Boards Binding with Sewn-In Wrapper

  • 24 Oct 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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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.

After sewing, the card strip is folded around the fore edge of the card folio it is hinged around, across the spine of the book, folded again at the fore edge of the second card folio, and rests inside that folio. A spine lining provides support.

The structure provides quick, low-adhesive protection for a text that cannot wait for a more formal binding. The wrapper can unfold as a wide panorama, presenting book arts possibilities.

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, novices who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add more paper cases to their repertoire.

Tools Required:

Bone or teflon folder 

Self-healing cutting mat, 9x12” is adequate

Metal ruler or straightedge, 12” is adequate                      

X- acto, scalpel or olfa knife and a few extra blades    



Beeswax for sewing

Bookbinding needle (I like the #18 John James bookbinding needle)

Small glue brush

Gluing up boards: two scrap book board the height of the text block and a little narrower, one of the long edges of both covered in clear packing tape to protect your textblock from getting glue on it.

Dividers, an inexpensive set from Talas item #TTB033004 OR “paper rulers” strips of 1/2” wide to use for quick measuring when ruler is awkward or unnecessary


Microspatula, Talas #TTB002001 or similar

Square with base, Talas #TTB041001, or some device to keep text block and boards square

Punching cradle, instructions to make one are here

Materials Required:

Participants must have their textblock prepared to the size specification below for sewing (folded & pressed) prior to the workshop.


25/3 Linen thread




Text-weight paper – 32 sheets, folded into 8 sections of 4 folios each

               Flat size 6.25 x 8.5” / 15.875 cm x 21.59 cm

folded size 6.25 x 4.25" / 15.875 cm x 10.795 cm

Cards for outer folios - 2 pieces

               10 or 20 pt folder stock or bristol,

               Flat size 6.25 x 8.5” / 15.875 cm x 21.59 cm

Wrapper – 1 piece

               10 or 20 pt folder stock

Flat size 6.25” x 19” / 15.875 cm x 48.26 cm

Spine Lining – 1 piece

Arches text or heavy tissue

6.5’ x 1” / 16.51 cm x 2.54 cm

Cardstock to use as a template for punching sections – 1 piece

6.25 x 3” / 15.875 cm x 7.62 cm

Online Workshop Process:

The CBBAG registrar will be in contact prior to the workshop to share the meeting link and any additional required directions. Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop to the specifications which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please review the technical requirements on the workshop registration page prior to registration to be sure you can participate. Questions should be directed to workshop@cbbag.ca

Technical requirements for participation:

·       Access to the internet and to the Zoom application

·       Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)

·       Microphone or Headset / Webcam

·       How to join a zoom meeting information https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193

Karen Hanmer's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer's work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University, Graceland, and University of Alberta. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills.

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