2023WKSP-08 Endbands - Online

  • 04 May 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 0


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Online workshop: Endbands with Karen Hanmer

Students will learn a variety of endbands, practicing first on flat corrugated plastic then sewing on text blocks: rolled leather, paper, or cloth endband; bead on the spine; the ubiquitous two-color bead at the front; three-color bead at the front; and finally a multi-color double core endband.

Please note when selecting or preparing your text blocks: endbands must be sewn after any edge decoration, and prior to casing in or before the cords are fixed into boards.

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 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

Length of workshop: 4 Evenings, Thursdays 2.5 hours per session

Dates: May 4, 11, 18, 25, 2023

Hours: 6:30 PM – 9 PM Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

Course fee: $525 members / $585 non-members : Materials Kit & shipping fee are inncluded in course fee if a participant is in Canada or USA – pls contact workshop@cbbag.ca about shipping costs, if outside of those two countries.

Prerequisites: This is a fast-paced, intermediate-level workshop for students experienced with traditional binding. Prerequisite: Binding Fundamentals. Students should be making sewn bindings independently, outside a workshop setting.

Registration closes March 24, 2023 11:59 PM

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded and available for the registrants to view until Aug 26, 2023.



  • Lying press, finishing press, or a device with two boards and some strong clamps. An economical collapsible travel model is available here: www.chestercreekpress.com/tools/tools.html
  • Scissors
  • Small glue brush
  • A roll of narrow (3/4” or 1”) low tack masking tape
  • X-acto knife/scalpel/Olfa with several extra blades
  • straightedge or ruler, 6” will be more convenient that 12”
  • Small self-healing cutting mat
  • PVA
  • Optional:
  • A small amount of paste or mix for the first session
  • Magnifiers if needed. I like these to supplement my reading glasses, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003W0RUW6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  • Awl, small diameter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Small set of watercolor pencils or acrylic paint
  • Cuticle nippers
  • A small piece of non-skid shelf lining to anchor the finishing press to the bench
  • A tiny bonefolder or Microspatula Talas #TTB002001 or similar
  • Thimble

There will not be a handout for this workshop. Karen recommends:

Greenfield, Jane and Hille, Jenny. Endbands from East to West: How to Work Them. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2017. An earlier version of this publication would also be fine.

A Select Bibliography of Endbands by Donia Conn and Peter Verheyen is available online here: http://www.philobiblon.com/bibliography-endbands.shtml


Most materials are provided by the instructor, but students must also prepare the following items:

  • Enough text blocks to sew four different styles of endband. One text block could be used for two different endbands, one at the head, a different style at the tail.
    These can be commercial paperback books or your own adhesive-bound or sewn text blocks, flat back or rounded and backed. The closer to the kind of book you will want to sew endbands on in the future is ideal.
    At least 3/4” in thickness preferred, any page size. An old book or catalogue cut down into several text blocks would work well and minimize storage space for your set of models.
    Please note that endbands must be sewn after any edge decoration but prior to casing in or before the cords are fixed into boards. 
  • PVA
  • 1/2 wide strips of wastepaper a few inches longer than the height of your text block, one per section

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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