The Magic of Sewing Cards online workshop

 Registration is closed for this event
$ 90.00

May 20th, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Rosae Reeder
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: May 20th, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: May 27th, 2021 6:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

This is a two session online workshop.

The sewing card is a wonderful aid in learning how to master a simple to difficult sewing. Practicing the mechanics of any sewing on a piece of two-dimensional card is tantamount to working on an actual book. 

Learn how to prepare and make sewing cards for a few different types of book structures in the first session. Take what you have learned and apply it to making the actual book in the second session. Students will choose which book to make once we have completed several types of sewing cards. 

To Bring: 


  • Thread for sewing, waxed or unwaxed is fine. Linen binding thread in any color will work, however other thread can be used such as embroidery thread or thread for leather work. Regular sewing thread cannot be used as it is too weak. The instructor has included a link to her favorite waxed thread purchased from Amazon here. If you are interested in using embroidery thread, we can discuss the particulars of this during class.
  • Paper for books - regular 20lb copy paper can be used for this purpose. If you wish to use something nicer, try drawing paper that can be cut or torn down to whatever size you like. 
  • Paper for covers of books: It is preferable that you have something with some stiffness such as a card stock weight. The instructor recommends using 12x12 scrapbooking papers for this as they are archival, come in many different colors and patterns and are inexpensive. These are perfect for making models as they are not cost prohibitive. Something like this would work fine. 
  • Single color card stock, or heavy weight paper for sewing cards - something like this would work fine. This paper will be cut down so you will have extra. 


  • Snap-off knife (preferred) or X-acto knife with blades
  • Cutting mat
  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Metal ruler, or a plastic ruler with a metal cutting bar
  • Sewing needles: tapestry needles are preferred as they have large eyes and are not too pointy (bring a package, or at least four needles)
  • Scissors
  • Mechanical pencil


  • Small triangle
  • Notebook for note taking
  • Double stick tape 

(Bookbinding tool rolls are available on the SFCB website)

Workshop Fee: $90
Tuition assistance is available; please apply here.

Date & Time: 2 Thursdays :: May 20 & 27, 2021 :: 4-6:30pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

SFCB online workshops are recorded; all registered students will have access to the videos for a limited time.

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


About the Instructor | Rosae Reeder

Rosae M. Reeder is a Book Artist / Printmaker and teacher of many things Book Arts and Printmaking. Living, teaching and constantly making in Philadelphia, Pa. She received her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work combines various alternative photographic processes, digital collage, traditional printmaking media such as Letterpress, Lithography, Monotype along with book structure. The imagery and content of her work is that of reference and reflection. A moment remembered, a time almost forgotten, a thought process evolved. Her work has been exhibited in many centers for the book and multiple galleries across the country and internationally.

$ 90.00
Online via Zoom
United States