Book Structure Essentials Online Workshop

 Registration is closed for this event
$ 130.00

September 17th, 2020 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: September 17th, 2020 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: October 1st, 2020 6:00 PM
  • Sessions: 3

This is a 3-session online workshop.

A fine binding, with perfectly pared leather, tooled in gold with colored leather onlays, is surely a beauty to behold. When we see it, we are drawn in by the color scheme and the design. However, the design only lightly shrouds what lies beneath. The endsheets must provide an easy transition from the cover to the text. The shoulder should fit the exact thickness of the board—no more, no less. The round shape of the spine should facilitate the turning of the pages. The boards should be securely fastened, yet not so much so the book doesn’t open well. 

In this online class, we will focus our attention on practicing the techniques of rounding and backing, lining the spine, and attaching boards—so that once you have your award-winning cover design worked out, you will also have a beautifully built structure to place it on. 

• In session one, we will work on building the endsheets and sewing. 
• In the second session, we will focus on rounding and backing, and we will look at two different ways to line a spine. 
• In the third session, we will line boards and lace them on.

Please note that we will not be covering this book; it will remain a model and a reference for you to refer back to.

This online class is designed for bookbinders who have begun and/or completed the bookbinding core at SFCB (or have a similar level of bookbinding experience). If you do not have a finishing press with backing boards, you are welcome to enroll, but will not be able to participate fully. If you are looking for a finishing press and backing boards, or a way to build a simple one, contact the instructor for options.

Please register with your mailing address so that the class kit may be shipped to you. 


After registration, students will be mailed a kit containing: paper for the textblock, cord, thread, boards, spine lining paper, leather spine liner, and board lining paper. 

Students must supply:

Basic bookbinding tools: bone folder, awl, Olfa snap-off knife with cutting mat, sewing needle (bookbinder's needle or large darning needle), scissors, dividers, pencil, ruler without cork backing or metal straightedge, round glue brush, PVA adhesive, methylcellulose, wheat paste.

We recommend Colophon Book Arts and Hollanders, in addition to our neighbor Arch Art Supplies.

Workshop Fee (includes kit): $130

Date & Time: 3 Thursdays :: September 17, 24 & October 1, 2020 :: 4-6pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

Please note that we are not recording these sessions. Video will not be available.

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


About the Instructor | Juliayn Coleman

Juliayn Coleman has been a professional bookbinder since her graduation from the North Bennet Street School bookbinding program in 2003. Her private practice encompasses all levels of book repair and conservation, custom portfolio and enclosure making, teaching, and being a good ambassador for the craft of bookbinding in general. Some of her creative and professional projects can be seen at (link is external). 

Past Student Reviews:

“I will take any and all classes taught by Juliayn.”

“This class made me a smarter amateur bookbinder.”

"It was very nice to interact with other bookbinders online. Juliayn's workshops are always well organized and she did a very good job of teaching the content."

"Juliayn is always so patient with everyone's questions." 

$ 130.00
Online via Zoom
United States