Create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather

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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Class meets Tuesday & Thursday 6-8:30pm EDT

The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive binding that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design created by Carmencho Arregui is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable in conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back cover at the spine.

Cross Structure Binding Books on a table

In this workshop, students will create 4 variations of the Cross Structure binding working with both handmade paper and leather to create their models.

Tool List:

  • Cutting mat and Olfa knife (X-acto blade will also work)
  • Small glue brush (prefer a ó” flat paintbrush)
  • 12”/300mm ruler
  • Pin Vise (size B) or Awl
  • #18 blunt sewing needles
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • PVA
  • Waste paper
  • 18/3 Dyed Thread
  • 2 buttons (no larger than 25mm in diameter)


  • Beeswax
  • Punching Cradle (optional, but will be very handy for this workshop)
  • Japanese Screw Punch

In addition a kit will be provided beyond the list above.

Cross Structure Binding Books

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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.