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    • 27 Feb 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Online using MS TEAMS
    • 10


    Japanese Tetsuyoso Binding & Chitsu

    Instructor: Stuart Hill

    Location: ONLINE using MS TEAMS

    Date: Sunday, Feb 27, 2022

    Hours: 1 - 4 PM Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

    Course fee: $55 members / $115 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

    Prerequisite: None, but some binding experience is helpful


    Presented by: GTA Chapter

    Registration closes: Fri, Feb 18, 2022, 11:59 PM

    Please note this is a live workshop and will NOT be recorded.

    The Tetsuyoso is unique amongst the Japanese bindings. The book is constructed by sewing sections at the folded edge, much as a Western-style binding, but with a far different thread path.

    This style has been historically used for both accounting and narrative books. The cover construction will feel familiar as it shares many aspects of other Japanese bindings.

    To protect your book or collection of books, we will build the Chitsu wrap-around cover.

    Participant Sourced Materials (specifics will be provided prior to workshop):

    Decorative papers for cover and endpages

    Textblock paper


    Paste (or PVA adhesive)

    Binder’s Board/Graphic Board

    Book Cloth (or decorative paper)

    Tools Required:

    Bone folder




    Paste Brush & Paste

    Mat knife & Cutting Mat

    Ruler/Straight Edge


    Divider (optional)

    Stuart Hill has studied bookbinding under the guidance of Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Don Taylor, Dan Mezza, Karin Scheper, and Rose Newlove. With a background in engineering and architecture, his keen interest is in the discovery of book structures. Please visit Stuart’s website:

    ONLINE WORKSHOP PROCESS:2022WKSP-01 Stu Japanese Tetsuyoso.jpg

    The instructor will be in contact prior to the workshop to share the meeting link and any required directions about materials preparation. Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please note this is a live workshop and is not recorded.

    Technical requirements for participation:

    Access to the internet and to MS Teams (through a browser or application)

    Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)

    Microphone or Headset / Webcam

    Supported browsers – Microsoft Teams currently supports Microsoft Edge, RS2 or later, and Chrome (version 72 or later). Firefox and Safari are not recommended. If your available browser is not compatible, please go the download page for Microsoft Teams and there is a desktop and tablet client (app) for Mac, Android, and Windows. You do not need a Microsoft 365 account to be a guest at a Teams meeting.

    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. Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

    • 14 Mar 2022
    • Online using Zoom and Thinkific
    • 2

    Bookbinding 1: Home Study - Guided Stream

    Mentor:  Barbara Helander

    Location: ONLINE using the Thinkific platform and Zoom

    Online workshop access starts: Monday, March 14, 2022*

    Duration: 8 months – to October 2022

    Course fee: $700 members / $760 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

    Prerequisite: none

    MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 10 students

    Registration closes January 24, 2022, 11:59 PM

    There will be a total of 4 one-hour Zoom meetings, during which the Mentor will lead a review of the group's project submissions, discuss challenges, and answer questions, emulating the in-person workshop more closely.

    Prior to registration, all interested participants must read this pdf which details the guidelines and expectations of the Guided Stream of the Home Study Programme. Registration for the workshop functions a formal agreement to these guidelines, whether or not they have been read.

    Bookbinding 1 is the first workshop in CBBAG’s core curriculum and introduces the variety of tools, materials, sewings, and constructions fundamental to hand bookbinding.

    Using the Thinkific online teaching platform, the workshop is a series of lecture-style videos, direct demonstration videos, and how-to pdfs housed into modules. The workshop will start with the making of a simple pamphlet and proceed to the binding of two hard cover books.

    Using an online platform allows for Mentors to have direct interaction with participants and allows participants to connect and support each other by encouraging discussion, questions and sharing of ideas. 

    CBBAG will be providing a project materials kit to registrants as part of the workshop fee (postage will be extra). Kits will be shipped from Ontario starting in late January 2022.

    The Guided Stream has always required participants to submit their completed projects by postal mail to their Mentor and this online environment will now allow for better feedback with live Zoom meetings to review submissions and for the whole group to learn together, mimicking the in-person workshop more closely. In total, participants will work through more than a dozen individual projects, with 3 sets of submissions spanning 8 months with new modules opening up every 7-8 weeks.

    The online, 24/7 delivery of the workshop is designed for an independent type of learner who needs a flexible schedule for learning and is unlikely to be able to attend an in-person workshop.

    Successful completion of Bookbinding 1 in the Guided Stream qualifies participants to take in-person workshops that require Bookbinding 1 as a prerequisite.

    Barbara Helander holds two degrees (B.Ed., M.Sc.) and her major in both was Clothing & Textiles. Her professional career spanned over 35 years where she worked not only in apparel manufacturing but also as a professor of textiles at Seneca College.  Over the years, Barbara has been nurturing a small keepsake business that involved the creation of one-of-a-kind books; but now that she has formally retired, she can finally take bookbinding and the book arts off the back burner!  Barb has worked her way through the core CBBAG courses and was pleased to earn her certificate in the spring of 2010.  Barbara is one of the core curriculum instructors for CBBAG - she teaches BB1 which is the introduction to the fundamentals of the craft.  She is also a mentor for CBBAG Home Study.  

    • 26 Mar 2022
    • 1:00 PM
    • 27 Mar 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Online
    • 8


    Case-Bound Mini Book

    Instructor: Marilyn Book

    Location: Zoom Online

    Date: Saturday/Sunday, March 26-27, 2021

    Hours: 2 Afternoons, 1 pm-4 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

    Course fee: $150 members / $210 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

    Prerequisite: None

    MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 8 students

    Presented by: Southwestern Ontario Chapter

    Registration closes: Monday, March 21, 11:59 PM


    This cute miniature book will fit easily into a pocket or tiny hand.  The techniques used in this class are traditional bookbinding techniques and the same as those used for larger or smaller books.

    We will make a sewn text block and add a tiny made endband. The book is a case binding covered with fabric and decorative paper.  The finished book measures approximately 7.5 x 5.5 cm. (3 x 2 in).

    Day one we will start working on the text block, endpapers and making the endbands. Day two we will add the endbands to the text block, make the cover and case in the textblock.

    While geared to beginners, anyone with an interest in miniature books will enjoy this class. Techniques used here can be applied to other projects.

    The recording link will be shared with participants within 48 hours of the workshop ending and will be available to participants on Youtube until April 20, 2022.

    Tools required

    Awl or large needle

    Needle for sewing

    X-Acto knife or scalpel to cut paper

    Utility knife to cut cardboard




    Cutting mat

    Bone folder

    Paint brush for glue

    Weight to press the book

    Materials required

    4 sheets computer paper, 8.5 x 11

    1 sheet slightly heavier weight paper for end papers and paste down sheets

    Heavy cardboard, not corrugate.  I used 2 shirt cardboards laminated together

    Decorative paper and fabric for cover

    Small piece of fabric for endbands

    Small piece of heavy thread or crochet cotton for endbands

    Small piece of fabric or mull for the spine

    PVA glue

    Thread, thin linen or heavy cotton such as hand quilting thread


    Blotting paper

    Scrap paper

    Online Workshop Process:

    The instructor will be in contact prior to the workshop to share the meeting link and any additional required directions. 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 on the workshop registration page 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

    Marilyn Book has an LIT and a BA in Communications. She has retired after spending 30 years working in the public education libraries from elementary to college levels where she has led several extra-curricular classes on bookbinding with students.  She has been a member of CBBAG since 2013 and is pleased to have earned her Certificate of Completion in 2019.

Past events

14 Nov 2021 2021WKSP-12 Decorative Spine Stitching
06 Nov 2021 2020WKSP-11 Islamic Binding
24 Oct 2021 2021WKSP-10 Sewn Boards Binding with Sewn-In Wrapper
03 Oct 2021 2021WKSP-09 The Road Book
11 Sep 2021 2021WKSP-08 Star-shaped Structure with Pop-Up Faces
05 Jul 2021 Bookbinding 1: Home Study - Guided Stream
06 Jun 2021 2021WKSP-06 Miniature Books for Beginners
30 May 2021 2021WKSP-07 The Crisscross Binding
09 May 2021 2021WKSP-05 Cerealis: A Limp Binding
24 Apr 2021 2021WKSP-04 The Crisscross Binding
28 Feb 2021 2021WKSP-03 The Booklet – A Crossed Structure Binding
20 Feb 2021 2021WKSP-02 Traditional Japanese Stab Binding
30 Jan 2021 2021WKSP-01 A Hedi Kyle Valentine – the Panorama Book online workshop
05 Dec 2020 2020WKSP-24 Festive Blizzard Book Online Workshop
09 Nov 2020 2020WKSP-23 Festive Blizzard Book Online Workshop
24 Oct 2020 2020WKSP-22 Introduction to Islamic Endbands (Online Course)
06 Jun 2020 2020WKSP-15 Safeguarding Cross Structure Binding (CSB) Online Workshop
14 Mar 2020 2020WKSP-05 Reconstructed: Making a Bespoke Coptic Journal
28 Feb 2020 2020WKSP-04 Printmaking: Drypoints, Monoprints, and Beyond
09 Feb 2020 2020WKSP-03 Japanese Bindings, the Ignored
08 Feb 2020 2020WKSP-02 A Day in Japan: Maker’s Mess
11 Jan 2020 2020WKSP-01 Crucial Boxes
30 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-37 Creating an Artist Book – Step-By-Step
17 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-32 & 33 The Elbum
16 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-36 The Big Pamphlet
03 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-35 Exploring Art of the Fold: Open Studio
02 Nov 2019 2019WKSP-34 Art & Craft of Tiny Books
14 Sep 2019 2019WKSP-29 Alternative Finishing Techniques
11 Sep 2019 2019WKSP-28 Varied Long & Link Sewings
16 Aug 2019 2019WKSP-22 Bookbinding 2
10 Aug 2019 2019WKSP-21 Star Book Variations
23 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-23 Paper Treatments for Binders
17 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-19 Bookbinding 3
16 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-18 Leather Workshop
15 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-17 Bracio: Limp Binding
15 Jun 2019 2019WKSP-16 Nemoralis: Limp binding
26 May 2019 2019WKSP-15 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
25 May 2019 2019WKSP-14 Hard Cover Arrow Stitch Book
12 May 2019 2019WKSP-26 Japanese Bindings: The Tetsuyoso & Senpuyo
11 May 2019 2019WKSP-25 Japanese Bindings: The Orihon & Yamato
11 May 2019 2019WKSP-24 Japanese Binding: The Fukurotoji
04 Apr 2019 2019WKSP-12 Binding Single Sheets
24 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-10 Cerealis: Limp binding
24 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-09 Theologica: Limp Binding
23 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-08 Kansusō : Japanese Scroll
09 Mar 2019 2019WKSP-05 Printmaking + Bookbinding: Introduction to Edition Book Making
24 Feb 2019 2019WKSP-07 Long Stitch Variation and 4-Needle Sewing
23 Feb 2019 2019WKSP-03 Inspired Flutter Book - Step by Step
03 Feb 2019 2019WKSP-02 Gothic Book Hardware
12 Jan 2019 2019WKSP-01 Introduction to Gothic Binding
01 Dec 2018 2018WKSP-28 The Art & Craft of Tiny Books
10 Nov 2018 2018WKSP-21 Paste Papers
16 Oct 2018 2018WKSP-27 Paper, Thread, Skin – Exposed Sewing
14 Oct 2018 2018WKSP-26 Bookbinding 2
15 Sep 2018 2018WKSP-24 Coptic & Stab Bindings: Exposing the Possibilities
08 Sep 2018 2018WKSP-23 Maker’s Mess: Bookcloth, Boards, Thread, & Paper
17 Aug 2018 2018WKSP-22 Bookbinding 1
08 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-20 Theologica: Limp Binding
08 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-19 Cerealis: Limp binding
07 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-18 Bracio: Limp Binding
07 Jul 2018 2018WKSP-17 Nemoralis: Limp binding
11 Jun 2018 2018WKSP-15 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
28 May 2018 2018WKSP-14 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
10 May 2018 2018WKSP-16 Printmaking: Drypoint & Monoprint
16 Apr 2018 2018WKSP-12 Finishing
10 Apr 2018 Marbling Seminar: Session 2: Watercolour Paper Marbling
07 Apr 2018 Marbling Seminar: Session 1: Marbling with Acrylics
25 Mar 2018 2018WKSP-09 Design, Cut, & Print Ex Libris Bookplates
17 Mar 2018 2018WKSP-08 More Fun with Madame Pop-up!
16 Mar 2018 2018WKSP-07 Sixty Sewing Structures
17 Feb 2018 2018WKSP-06 Limp Vellum Bindings
03 Feb 2018 2018WKSP-05 Painted Cover Long/Linkstitch Books
27 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-04 German Bookbinding Techniques
23 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-03 Bound to be Flat
14 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-02 Bookbinding 3
12 Jan 2018 2018WKSP-01 Leather Workshop
09 Dec 2017 2017WKSP-35 Celebrate the Season: Creating Festive Sculptural Objects
02 Nov 2017 2017WKSP-32 Portfolios
28 Oct 2017 2017WKSP-31 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
15 Oct 2017 2017WKSP-30 Tunnel Book: Play with Geometry or go Freehand
21 Aug 2017 2017WKSP-25 - Bookbinding I Intensive
05 Jun 2017 2017WKSP-14 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
03 Jun 2017 2017WKSP-13 The Artful PopUp: Platforms and Sculptures
03 May 2017 2017WKSP-12 Bound to be Flat
27 Apr 2017 2017WKSP-20 Japanese Bindings, The Ignored
13 Apr 2017 2017WKSP-24 Books with Moving Parts
30 Mar 2017 2017WKSP-19 Single And Still Bound
25 Mar 2017 2017WKSP-10 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
09 Mar 2017 2017WKSP-22 Treasures from the Fisher Collection
25 Feb 2017 2017WKSP-07 Cartonnage: Photo Box
18 Feb 2017 Opening the Box: CBBAG's artists' book collections
16 Feb 2017 2017WKSP-18 Flexagons: Inside & Out
05 Feb 2017 2017WKSP-05 Bookbinding 2
29 Jan 2017 2017WKSP-03 Rough and Tough
21 Jan 2017 2017WKSP-01 Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discard to journal
19 Jan 2017 2017WKSP-17: Artist Books at the Fisher Library
26 Nov 2016 2016WKSP-29 Printmaking: Drypoint & Monoprint
12 Nov 2016 2016WKSP-28 Chinese Thread Book
22 Oct 2016 2016WKSP-26 Getting Wrapped Up In CSBs
26 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-22 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
25 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-21 Three Endband Variations
18 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-31 Deconstructed & Reclaimed: from discard to journal
10 Sep 2016 2016WKSP-18 The Artful Pop-Up: A 5-Page Accordion Book
27 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-17 Deconstructed & Reclaimed: from discard to journal
15 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-16 Bookbinding 3 Intensive
12 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-23 Leather Workshop
06 Aug 2016 2016WKSP-14 Boxed Set: Artists Books that tell Small Tall Tales
23 Jun 2016 2016WKSP-15 Crown Binding Book
06 Jun 2016 2016WKSP-12 Bookbinding 1 Intensive
28 May 2016 2016WKSP-11 "A Weekend in Japan"
09 May 2016 2016WKSP-10 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
15 Apr 2016 2016WKSP-13 Preservation Enclosures Part 2
03 Apr 2016 2016WKSP-09 Bookbinding 2
19 Mar 2016 2016WKSP-07 Spine and Cover Titling with the Kwikprint
05 Mar 2016 2016WKSP-05 Rhythm in the Visual Book: A Two-Day Workshop
21 Feb 2016 2016WKSP-03 Creative Coptic Bookbinding Workshop
19 Feb 2016 2016WKSP-04 Restoration & Repair: Cloth Case & Leather Bindings
30 Jan 2016 2016WKSP-02 Long & Link Stitch Books
15 Jan 2016 2016WKSP-01 Bookbinding 1
04 Dec 2015 2015WKSP-40 Preservation Enclosures
28 Nov 2015 2015WKSP-39 Deluxe “Moleskine” Style Journal for the Fountain Pen Set
21 Nov 2015 2015WKSP-38 Historical Bindings Don’t Die
26 Oct 2015 2015WKSP-34 Bookbinding 2 Intensive
24 Oct 2015 2015WKSP-33 Basic Popups: A Two-Day Workshop
27 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-27 Endband Variations
26 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-26 Relief Printmaking by Hand
26 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-25 Papermaking for Book Artists
20 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-24 Edge Treatments
13 Sep 2015 2015WKSP-31 Introduction to Woodblock Printing
10 Aug 2015 2015WKSP-23 Bookbinding 1
27 Jun 2015 2015WKSP-22 Printmaking: Drypoint & Monoprint
20 Jun 2015 GTA Open Bindery Day for UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
13 Jun 2015 2014WKSP-19 - Painted Hand Bound Journal
12 Jun 2015 2015WKSP-20 Paper Treatments for Binders
01 Jun 2015 2015WKSP-18 - Bookbinding 1 Intensive
31 May 2015 2015WKSP-17 - File Organizer: Cartonnage Techniques
23 May 2015 2015WKSP-16 - Chinese Thread Book
09 May 2015 2015WKSP-15 - Altered Books
02 May 2015 2015WKSP-14 - Heavyweight Boxing
02 May 2015 2015WKSP-21 Limp Leather Journal
01 May 2015 2015WKSP-13 - Lightweight Boxing
26 Apr 2015 2015WKSP-12 - Title: In the Beginning – Coptic Bookbinding from the 4th - 7th Century
20 Apr 2015 2015WKSP-11 - Bookbinding II Intensive
11 Apr 2015 2015WKSP-10 - Japanese Stab Binding
28 Mar 2015 2015WKSP-9 - Etching Basics
21 Mar 2015 2015WKSP-8 - Secret Belgian Binding
14 Mar 2015 GTA Open Bindery Day for UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
08 Mar 2015 2015WKSP-7 - Desk Organizer - Cartonnage Techniques
28 Feb 2015 2015WKSP-6 - French Endbands
21 Feb 2015 2015WKSP-5 - Long & Link Stitch Binding
03 Feb 2015 2015WKSP-4 - Paper Case Bindings
11 Jan 2015 2015WKSP-3 - Bookbinding III
10 Jan 2015 2015WKSP-2 - Bookbinding 1
09 Jan 2015 2015WKSP-1 Leather Workshop
07 Dec 2014 2014WKSP-34 Handmade Gifts
06 Dec 2014 2014WKSP-33 Introduction to Woodblock Printing
22 Nov 2014 2014WKSP-32 Coptic Bindings
15 Nov 2014 2014WKSP-31 Letterpress Printing at Massey

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