40th-WKSP-17 Bookbinder’s Grab Bag - Online

  • 19 Jul 2023
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 0


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Online Workshop: Bookbinder’s Grab Bag with Karen Hanmer


Join us for a demonstration session of practical techniques to make your bench work more efficient, elegant, or both.


The grab bag will include at least the following:

  • Tips for measuring, marking up, sewing, and gluing spines.
  • Rolled endband made from leather, unbacked cloth, or thin decorative paper.
  • Sizing cloth with methyl cellulose: the treated cloth will be stiff enough to be dimensionally stable when cutting to size and applying as hinges or spine linings.
  • Flexi endsheet: a clever little flange hides the messy back of hand-decorated paper without introducing the stiffness that comes from gluing the decorative paper to the adjacent leaf (the traditional “made” endsheet).
  • Sewing cord made from linen thread: the resulting cord can be any color or thickness.
  •  A quick notebook based on the pamphlet stitch with hidden sewing and a square spine. A small one will tuck in a pocket right next to your phone for those times when the best solution is still analog.
  •  And more until the clock runs down.


This workshop will be a demonstration, so registrants will not be working along with Karen.


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



CBBAG is pleased to be able to offer this workshop at no cost to members as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of CBBAG’s founding.


This workshop will not be recorded. There will be a brief handout send to all registrants.


Location: ONLINE - Zoom

Date: Weds July 19, 2023,

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

Course fee: $0 members/$60 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: None

Maximum enrollment: 40

Registration closes: Mon July 10, 2023, 11:59 PM


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


Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration. Membership fees included in the non-member fee are not refundable.

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