Bookbinding Core 4 :: Classic Rounded Back Cloth Binding in-person workshop

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March 19th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: March 19th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: March 26th, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: In-person


This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor are required to be vaccinated (honor system) and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class. If you choose to complete the registration process you are agreeing to these terms.


Bookbinding Core Certificate Program

The San Francisco Center for the Book celebrates the craft and art of bookbinding. Our Bookbinding Core Certificate Program introduces students to four different binding models, leading them through the history and evolution of bookmaking.  It provides students a comprehensive foundation to delve into the practice of binding and qualifies them work in our bindery.

Click here to learn more about the Bookbinding Core Certificate Program and how to receive a discount!

Bookbinding Core 4 :: Classic Rounded Back Cloth Binding

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series (taught in two sessions) uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding. After sewing, the book will be rounded and backed before the boards are attached and covered. This binding style points to many historical structures that came before it, making it an ideal structure for anyone interested in learning to bind books with leather, or learning to repair books.  More terms, more tools, more techniques: such are the rewards of the skilled bookbinder!

Competencies Gained:

  • Build on skills from Cores 1, 2 and 3

  • Knowledge:

    • Understanding of swell, board thickness, and endsheet type, and their impact on rounded and backed bindings

    • Review of different types of sewing supports and spine linings, and how they function within a binding

    • General comparison of all four binding styles presented in the SFCB Core, and how each binding style fulfills a different goal depending on types of books and their uses, and the historical period in which each originated

  • Skills:

    • Rounding and backing

    • Hand sewing silk endbands

    • Making and attaching a hollow

  • Equipment:

    • Nipping press

    • Job backer

    • Backing hammer

    • Guillotine

      All paper for SFCB's Core Certificate Program projects has been generously provided by Mohawk.

Materials to Bring: None

Prerequisites: Bookbinding Cores 1, 2, 3

Workshop + Materials Fee: $350.00
Scholarships are available; please apply here.

*Students registering for the full Core series will receive a $100 discount off the total cost. Please call or email to enroll.

Date & Time: Saturdays, March 19 & 26, 2022 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

Note: Please read 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 is external).

Past Student Reviews:

“The instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful. Really went above and beyond to find out why you were in the class and how she could further your education during and after the workshop.”

“I really enjoyed the tour of the bindery, the step by step process of the class as well as the good pace and usage of our time.”

“She was very knowledgeable and presented the material in a way that was easy to follow step by step.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States