The Criss Cross Binding – Online - 2024WKSP-04-16

  • 16 Apr 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
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ONLINE: The Criss Cross Binding with Andrew Huot

Join us as we create the Crisscross Binding which is a book with a hard cover woven together over a sewn set of pages.

The book allows for flat opening for use, but a strong cover for protection when it’s in your bag. We will start by preparing the boards and then move onto the sewing of the book.

It’s a great structure for sketchbooks and journals.

The Criss Cross binding was invented by Anne Goy, a Belgian binder, but this it is often known by its alternate name, the Secret Belgian Binding, which was coined by Hedi Kyle after she saw the book and started to teach the binding structure in the United States.

Andrew Huot is a book artist, bookbinder, printer, and conservator in Scarborough, ON, where he operates Big River Bindery, a studio for bookmaking, letterpress printing, and book conservation. He holds a Masters in Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a BS in Printmaking from Portland State University.

His artists’ books use photographs, linoleum cuts, and text to share the humorous side of everyday life around us. His artists’ books are in collections across the country, from the Art Institute of Chicago to Yale University. Andrew teaches online and in his own studio, taught at the University of Illinois School of Information Science and workshops across the US and in Canada at CBBAG, the John C Campbell Folk School, Book Arts LA, the International Preservation Studies Center, and the Guild of Book Workers, among others. His website is


Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Dates: Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Hours: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)

Course fee: $65 members / $125 non-members

Prerequisite: none

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Registration closes Weds, April 10, 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 May 20, 2024.

Materials Required:

Unless noted, all materials are grain direction parallel to the spine.

Dimensions below are (height) x (width).

These materials make a 9” x 6” (22.9 x 15.2 cm) book when closed.

  • Text paper, grain short 9” tall by 12” wide (22.9 x 30.5 cm) - 32 pieces for 8 sections
  • Binders board, grain long - 2 pieces 9” x 6” (22.9 x 15.2 cm), 1 piece 9” x 3” (22.9 x 7.6 cm)
  • Bookbinding thread - 18/3 weight
  • Optional, PVA Glue

Tools Required


  • Bone Folder
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife – xacto, olfa, etc.
  • Awl
  • Metal ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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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