Bookbinding 1 – In-Person (2023wksp-22)

  • 20 Aug 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 25 Aug 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Helander Bindery, Caledon ON
  • 0


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IN PERSON - Bookbinding 1 with Barb Helander


This intensive workshop is an introduction to the craft of bookbinding over six days. Participants will receive instruction on how to use a variety of tools and will learn about bookbinding materials in general.


The course starts with the making of a few simple pamphlet structures and culminates with the binding of two case-bound, flat-back books. The workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skills they need to explore bookbinding independently or pursue further education in the field. 


This workshop is the first of the CBBAG core curriculum workshops and is a prerequisite for many other workshops.


Over the course of her 35-year career, Barbara Helander has earned two degrees (B. Ed., M.Sc.- Clothing & Textiles); worked in apparel manufacturing; and was a professor of textiles at Seneca College. Barbara worked her way through the CBBAG core curriculum courses and earned her Certificate of Completion in 2010. She is a core curriculum instructor for CBBAG and a mentor for the Home Study programme. Recently Barbara has been part of the team that transformed Bookbinding 1 for virtual learning. Her website can be found here:




Location: IN PERSON Helander Bindery, Caledon East ON (see notes)

Date: Sunday-Friday, Aug 20-25, 2023

Hours: 9 – 4:30 PM with 1.5-hour lunch break

Course fee: $630 members / $485 student members / $690 non-members

Prerequisite: None

Maximum enrollment: 6 Students

Materials: $70 payable to instructor

Registration closes: Sun Aug 6, 2023, 11:59 PM



* Specific address of workshop to be supplied to registrants. Caledon East is a small village situated in the beautiful rolling hills of Caledon.  Accessible by car, Caledon East is located about 20 minutes' drive due north of Brampton, ON.  Barbara’s studio is located on a lower level, therefore participants will need to be able to navigate stairs.  The mid-day break will be 1.5 hours, so participants may elect to bring a lunch or drive to the nearest cafe in town.

Depending on public health status, masks may be required for registrants. Refusal to wear a mask is not grounds for a refund of workshop fees.


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. 

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