The Shrigley online workshop

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January 13th, 2022 3:00 PM

  • Instructor: Erin Fletcher
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: January 13th, 2022 3:00 PM
  • Workshop End: January 27th, 2022 4:00 PM
  • Sessions: 3
  • In-person or Online?: Online

This is a 3-session online workshop. There will be two 2.5-hour teaching/work sessions on January 13 & 20, and a one-hour meeting on January 27.

Developed by Ben Elbel, the Shrigley is an innovative way to house loose ephemera, postcards, photographs, prints and more. The pages are folded into frames, allowing you to easily add or remove pieces from the book. In this workshop, students will learn the folding techniques to create the frames with various corner styles. Once the pages are assembled and sewn, students will finish their project by making a hardcover case with a ribbon tie.

During the workshop, students will work from a kit. Between sessions, students are invited to use their own materials to create a unique Shrigley binding to present during the final, shorter show and tell session. This will be a great opportunity to test out the structure and learn from other students.

This workshop will use the metric system. Students must have a metric ruler and be comfortable working in metric.

The workshop fee includes a mailed kit containing all materials (pre-cut paper, board, cloth, ribbon, postcards) to make one Shrigley model. Students will be encouraged to gather their own materials and make a second model from scratch - a materials list will be provided.

Non-US students, please email before enrolling to confirm that a materials kit can be sent.

Materials/tools to Bring: 

  • 12”/300mm METRIC ruler 
  • Glue brush
  • Cutting mat and Olfa knife (X-acto blade will also work)
  • Scissors
  • Pin Vise or Awl
  • at least one #18 blunt sewing needle
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • PVA
  • Waste paper
  • ¼” Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Punching Cradle (optional, but very useful)
  • 18/3 Dyed Linen Thread in a color of your choosing; natural thread is also fine, kit contents will be in neutral browns/greys

(Bookbinding tool rolls are available on the SFCB website)

Workshop Fee: $190
Scholarships are available; please apply here.

Date & Time: Thursdays, January 13 & 20 from 3-5:30pm and January 27 from 3-4pm :: All times Pacific

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 | Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher is owner of Herringbone Bindery in Boston, where she designs one-of-a-kind fine bindings and small editions for various clients and institutions. Her work is regularly exhibited throughout the US and abroad. In addition to her studio practice, Erin is a workshop instructor at North Bennet Street School, where she graduated from the Bookbinding Department in 2012. She also regularly teaches book arts workshops at institutions throughout the county.

Past Student Reviews:

“Erin was very clear and concise with her instructions. We were able to follow along, ask questions, and share our work with each other at the end. I loved this class!”

“I loved the pace of the workshop which allowed for us to follow along without any issues. I really liked the kits having been mailed to us early enough. I also loved the last class which was a show and share.

"The last session, where class members showed their work, made all the difference - it made it more like an in-person class, where you can see how others interpreted the ideas offered by the instructor."

Online via Zoom
United States