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NOTE: This course will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform. 
Class meets 10am-12:30pm and 3pm-5pm ET

Creating an elegant binding around a single signature can be a tricky task. Students will make a series of simple softcover pamphlets using a variety of decorative sewing patterns before moving on to hardcover structures. Finally, we will create a modified version of a case binding using a stub at the spine. This will give our books an elegant rounded spine, which will be covered in bookcloth and sided up with decorative paper. All of these structures allow the book to lay flat and are perfect for chapbooks, presentation pamphlets, short stories or photo albums. 

KITS PROVIDED BY Erin include the following items:

  • 12 signatures – one for each model
  • Cover and lining papers: St. Armand and Canson
  • Millboard & Binder’s Board
  • Bookcloth
  • Infill
  • Punching Jigs

Tools needed by students:

– Bone folder
– Glue brush
– 12”/300mm ruler
– Scissors
– Cutting mat and Olfa knife (X-acto blade will also work)
– Pin Vise (size B) or Awl
– #18 blunt sewing needles
– Pencil
– Waste paper
– Punching Cradle (optional, but will be very handy for this workshop)


– 18/3 dyed thread
– 25/3 undyed thread
– beeswax (optional)
– 2 sheets of decorative paper
– blue tape

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Instructor: Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher is a fine binder and book artist who graduated from the North Bennett Street School. She opened Herringbone Bindery in Boston in 2012 and offers a variety of hand bookbinding and box-making services to a range of clients and institutions. She teaches in the Continuing Education department at North Bennet and as a co-teacher for the Middle School Book Arts Program. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally, and is held in both private and institution collections.