Exploring Map Folds - Online - 2024WKSP-05-14

  • 14 May 2024
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
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 ONLINE: Exploring Map Folds with Stephanie Wolff

How do you bind maps or other large flat paper into smaller books? This workshop will cover ways to approach this situation. We will make a series of map folds and bind them into a simple softcover structure as a useful reference for future work.

We will talk about the possibilities and limitations of fitting large paper into smaller books and discuss a variety of solutions.

Though the models will be softcover these are easily incorporated into hardcover books. While our focus will be on maps, these structures and methods apply to any larger paper items. Participants should have solid basic bookbinding skills to get the most out of the workshop.

Note: Much of this material is also covered in the instructor’s longer workshop Atlas: A Book of Maps.

Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, often on themes of weather, science, history, and rural life. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Germany and is in many collections, public and private. She has been awarded a creative research fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Stephanie’s years as a book conservator provided her with knowledge in the history, construction, and repair of a wide range of library materials. She enjoys teaching to share her knowledge from bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. @stephaniewolffstudio or www.stephaniewolffstudio.com   

Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Dates: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Hours: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Course fee: $100 members / $160 non-members
Prerequisite: none
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Registration closes Tuesday, May 7, 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 June 15, 2024.

Materials Required:

Map model pages

Cut the listed pages from maps, plain text weight, or copy paper before the workshop begins.

Note in the list of model pages that layers are specified for each model. Thinner paper will work best for those with multiple layers.

Grain should be parallel to height.

Model A: Self guard with foldout - 2 layers - 6” h x 10” w (15.24 cm x 25.4 cm)
Model B: Self guard with multiple folds - 5 layers - 6” h x 19.75” w (15.24 cm x 50.17 cm)
Model C: Self guard with map folded down/up - 4 layers - 10” h x 9.75” w (25.4 cm x 24.77 cm)
Model D: Self guard with pull out, fold down: ABC with guards - 12 layers - 19” h x 13.25” w (48.26 cm x 33.66 cm)
Model E: Attached guard w/center sewn signature plus foldout on each side - 4 layers - 6” h x 16.5” w (15.24 cm x 41.91 cm)
Model F: French Fold page w/attached guard - 4 layers - 12” h x 8.5” w (30.48 cm x 21.59 cm)
Guards for E and F: Cut 2 of these 6” h x 2.25” w (15.24 cm x 5.72 cm)
Extra guards: Cut about 40 pieces of paper 6” h x 3/4” w  (15.24 cm x 1.9 cm), if possible. Guards should be from approximately the same thickness paper as the map models.


Cut the covers from heavier weight art or printmaking paper that folds well without cracking. Some 140 lb/300 gsm papers will work. Specifically - Canson Mi-Tientes, or a heavyweight handmade paper used for paper cases. Possible sources for handmade papers: Cave Paper, St. Armand, Iowa Paper Case paper, or Hook Pottery Paper.

1 piece of 80 lb cover weight stock 6-1/6” h x 5” w (15.65 cm x 12.7 cm)
1 piece of 80 lb cover weight stock 6-1/6” h x 8.5” w (15.65 cm x 21.59 cm)

Thread: 4-6 feet (122 cm-183 cm) of linen bookbinding thread (25/3 or thinner if possible or 18/3 is okay).
(2) brads (also known as paper fasteners) about 1/2” (1.27 cm) long
A sheet of scrap paper for a template, about 6” x 3” (15.24 cm x 7.62 cm)
Extra “map”

Tools Required

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Binder’s clips, 2
  • Metal ruler, 12”
  • X-acto knife, or similar craft knife and extra blades
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • Piercing tool or awl
  • Right triangle
  • Sewing needle with eye to fit thread
  • Gridded C-Thru or clear ruler, 2” x 12” (optional but helpful)
  • Drawing materials (pens, colored pencils, markers) and collage papers (to add content if desired)
  • Scrap paper for gluing
  • Any other tools you like to use

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:

  • Acess 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.

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