Open Spine Sewing online workshop

 Registration is closed for this event
$ 130.00

November 1st, 2021 4:00 PM

  • Instructor: Rosae Reeder
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: November 1st, 2021 4:00 PM
  • Workshop End: November 15th, 2021 6:30 PM
  • Sessions: 3
  • In-person or Online?: Online

This is a three session online workshop.

The codex book format can be quite versatile in the way of decorative sewing. Having multiple sections allows for very intricate to simple decorative open spine sewing.

Using paper supplied in the class kit, we will make three structures and discuss the historical aspects of each. Starting with the French Twist, then moving to the Buttonhole, and finishing with the Paired Station binding, we will explore use of variegated thread, soft covers, and discuss varying sizes and thicknesses. By the end of this course, you will have three lovely decorative spine bindings. 

The workshop fee includes a mailed kit containing all papers and thread required to make three different open spine bindings.

Materials to Bring: 

  • X-acto or Olfa knife
  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Ruler
  • Sewing needles - tapestry needles work well because they have a large eye. #18 bookbinding needles are also good if you don't struggle with threading needles.
  • Scissors
  • Thread - the instructor recommends at least two different kinds/colors to allow for experimentation; good options are Londonderry 18/3; waxed thread; variety pack
  • Cutting mat
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Scrap paper for jigs


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

(Bookbinding tool rolls are available on the SFCB website)

Workshop Fee: $130
Tuition assistance is available; please apply here.

Date & Time: 3 Mondays :: November 1, 8 & 15, 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 month.

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.

Past Student Reviews:

“Rosae explained complicated sewing patterns in a very accessible way. I loved it.”

“This is the first time I needed to finish a class on video, it worked perfectly due to Rosae's clear instruction.”



$ 130.00
Online via Zoom
United States