3-Part Bradel Binding

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September 7th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Erin Fletcher
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: September 7th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 10th, 2018 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 4

The 3-Part Bradel binding offers a unique aesthetic over a traditional case binding. As the name suggests, the binding is assembled in three parts, which encourages the binder to use different materials to cover the spine and covers. For this workshop, students will use leather to cover the spine and cloth or paper for the covers. Students will be guided as they pare their own leather. 

Students will also be using a variety of bindery equipment such as a sewing frame, job backer, plow and Kwikprint to complete their structure. We will also cover how to create a simple painted, decorative edge and stamp a custom label.

Materials to Bring: Large Binding Shears (must cut to the point), ½” flat synthetic paintbrush, small teflon folder, notebook, gouache or fluid acrylic paints

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: Olfa utility knife, small cutting mat, round glue brush, 12” metal ruler with metric and inches, awl, dividers, bone folder, paring knife.

Pre-Requisites: Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding or similar basic bookbinding experience.

Experience with leather is not necessary, but encouraged.

Workshop Fee (includes $15 materials fee): $575.00

Date & Time: Friday-Monday, September 7-10, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher was introduced to the craft of bookbinding during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. This initial exposure created a desire to culture a deeper understanding.

In 2010, Erin moved to Boston to attend the full-time bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School. Since graduating, Erin has been teaching workshops for adults at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for kids in the Middle School Book Arts Program.

In 2012, Erin opened Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, providing hand bookbinding, box-making and basic conservation for various clients and institutions. 


375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States