2020WKSP-11 Islamic Binding

  • 06 Nov 2021
  • 10:00 AM
  • 20 Nov 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • 3


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Islamic Binding

Instructor: Stu Hill

Location: ONLINE using MS TEAMS

Date: 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)

Prerequisite: Intermediate Level Binders or permission of the instructor.  Experience with leather preparation is critical (e.g., Paring).


Presented by: GTA Chapter

Registration closes: Fri, Oct 29, 2021, 11:59 PM

Please note this is a live workshop and will NOT be recorded.

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.

Supplied Materials:

Participants will be provided with the leather for the cover, the linen spine strip, and the leather for the headband base courtesy of George Hill & Co. Shipping will also be provided courtesy of George Hill & Co.

Participant Sourced Materials:

Quality paper for text block – approx. 20cm wide x 16cm high – 60 sheets

Thin linen thread (30/3 would be ideal)

Thick Coloured Thread (at least 2 colours, non-silk is good to practice, silk or other types will be fine for final headband sewing)

Decorative paper (outer cover)

Artist quality paper (inner cover)

Cover board (100pt (0.10”) or thinner)

Bristol board

Wax Paper

Prepared starch paste (required for 1st and 3rd day)

Tools Required:

Bone folder

Long Needle – sharp



Paste Brush & Paste

Mat knife & Cutting Mat

Ruler/Straight Edge


Divider (optional)

Leather Paring Knife


Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza, Karin Scheper, and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website: www.georgehillco.com.


The instructor will be in contact prior to the workshop to share the meeting link and any required directions about materials preparation. Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please note this is a live workshop and is not recorded.

Technical requirements for participation:

  • Access to the internet and to MS Teams (through a browser or application)
  • Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)
  • Microphone or Headset / Webcam
  • Supported browsers – Microsoft Teams currently supports Microsoft Edge, RS2 or later, and Chrome (version 72 or later). Firefox and Safari are not recommended. If your available browser is not compatible, please go the download page for Microsoft Teams and there is a desktop and tablet client (app) for Mac, Android, and Windows. You do not need a Microsoft 365 account to be a guest at a Teams meeting. 

Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded. Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

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