2023WKSP-03 A Wardrobe of Paper Cases - Online

  • 04 Mar 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 0


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Online Workshop: A Wardrobe of Paper Cases with Karen Hanmer

In this one-session online workshop, we will quickly construct a text block using a very speedy sewing technique. This will free up the remainder of our time together to concentrate on folding a variety of paper cases to dress this text block ”mannequin”.


As each case is presented, suggestions will be given on appropriate sewing techniques and endsheet constructions for that particular structure. All structures are low or no adhesive. All can be constructed in a sparsely equipped home studio with minimal specialized equipment.


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

Karen Hanmer’sartist-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 and Graceland. She has served on the editorial board of The Bonefolder, as Exhibitions Chair for the Guild of Book Workers, twice as a presenter at the Guild’s annual Standards of Excellence conference, as juror for CBBAG’s 2013 The Art of the Book travelling exhibit, and as speaker for the 2009 AGM. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills. www.karenhanmer.com


Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023

Hours: 1 pm – 4 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

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

Prerequisite: none

Registration closes: Monday, Feb 27, 2023, 11:59 PM


This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded and available for the registrants to view until April 3, 2023.




  • PVA
  • Bone folder, preferably sanded for a narrower tip so it can be used for precise scoring
  • Beeswax for sewing
  • Bookbinding needle, two of them (I like the #18 John James bookbinding needle)
  • Awl
  • Cutting mat, 12x18" would be ideal
  • 18" straightedge or ruler that can be cut against
  • Smaller straightedge, 8 to 12” long
  • Scalpel, Olfa or X-Acto knife with a fresh blade
  • Scissors
  • Small glue brush
  • 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
  • Pencil



  • Punching cradle (instructions to make one here: http://www.philobiblon.com/bonefolder/vol1no1contents.htm)
  • A small piece of non-skid shelf mat to casually anchor the text block to the bench for unsupported sewing
  • Finishing press OR scrap board to put around the text block while gluing up
  • Small 30/60/90 degree triangle
  • Small 90/45/45 degree triangle
  • Square with base, Talas #TTB041001, or some device to keep text block
  • Spacer, 1/4" x at least 8"
  • Whatever tools not on this list you always find useful



Unless noted, all materials are grain direction parallel to the spine. Dimensions below are (height) x (width).


Please fold the text block before the session.


  • 32 textblock paper @ 6.25 x 8.5” folded into 8 sections of four folios each (folded size 6.25 x 4.25")
  • Cardstock template for punching sections, 1 @ 6.25x2”
  • Decorative paper for wrappers, heavyish text weight that can fold with and against the grain without cracking. Handmade paper or Elephant Hide is ideal, Bugra, or many other common endsheet papers will be fine.
  • Specific cases & size of paper they will need:
  • Paper Case with Tuck-In Endsheets, 1@ 12.5x17”
  • Dove Dale Paper Case, 1 @ 9x12
  • Paper Case with Locking Spine, 1 @ 12.5x16”
  • Tipped Wrapper with Flexi End, 1 @ 6.25x10”
  • #18/3 unwaxed thread, 6’ per book

Online Workshop Process:

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 below 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


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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