The Tue-Mouche Binding – Online – 2024WKSP-10-22

  • 22 Oct 2024
  • 6:00 PM
  • 24 Oct 2024
  • 8:30 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 16



ONLINE: The Tue-Mouche Binding with Erin Fletcher

Translated to “flypaper”, the Tue-Mouche was developed by French binder, Ben Elbel.

This structure is an easy and economical form of bookbinding. The covers are constructed entirely from heavyweight paper, layered to create rigidity and strength, while the flexible spine allows the binding to open nearly flat without constraints.

In this workshop students will learn how to create the Tue-Mouche structure from start to finish based on Ben’s tutorial.

Erin Fletcher is the owner of Herringbone Bindery, where she crafts one-of-a-kind fine bindings and small editions for various clients and institutions. Her work is regularly exhibited throughout the US and abroad. Her work is collected by The Grolier Club, Boston Athenaeum and UCLA along with several private collectors. She first discovered a love for bookbinding while studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This experience brought her to study bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston where she graduated in 2012. She regularly teaches book arts workshops online and at venues throughout the US.

Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Dates: Tues and Thurs, Oct 22 & 24, 2024
Hours: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Course fee: $140 members / $200 non-members
Prerequisite: none
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Registration closes Tuesday Oct 8, 2024, 11:59 PM EST

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded, and links will be made available for the registrants to view until available until Jan 25, 2024. The link for session one will be posted on Weds AM and sent to participants that day.

Tools Required:

  • Required
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • #18 sewing needle
  • Awl or Pin Vise
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife (Olfa or X-acto)Bone Folder
  • PVA
  • Small flat glue brush
  • Ruler (with metric)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Japanese screw punch with 1.0 and 1.5mm bit


  • Beeswax

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

Suggested paper for the text block – 80lb text weight paper such as Mohawk Superfine


  • 7 signatures, 4 folios – trimmed to 155 x 115mm

Cambric or Muslin:

  • 1 piece– lining – 153 x 50mm

St. Armand cover stock or a similar paper around 320gsm:

  • 2 pieces – covers – 157 x 355mm
  • 1 piece – spine – 157 x 50mm

Scrap Piece of Board – thickness and grain don’t matter:

  • 1 piece – scrap – 180 x 100mm

20pt. Museum Board or cardstock – thickness and grain don’t matter:

  • 1 piece – punching jig – 160 x 50mm

40/3 Linen Thread and 18/3 dyed linen thread

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

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

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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