Simple Repairs for Leather Books in-person workshop

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January 9th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: January 9th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: January 9th, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1
  • 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.

In this short repair class, students will repair one leather book provided to them. The books students will use are carefully selected by the instructor to focus on a particular repair technique that is useful for small to medium size leather bindings. Students are welcome to bring in their own books needing repair to get advice on tailoring repair techniques to their particular books, time permitting.

It is not necessary, but extremely helpful, if students have taken a repair class already, such as Paper & Paste or The Cloth Reback. 

Concepts discussed:

  • Types of leather bindings suitable and unsuitable for this type of repair
  • The use of various types and weights of kozo paper in book repair
  • How to choose the best adhesive for various tasks in a repair
  • General best practices in book conservation

Specific techniques:

  • Applying Klucel-G to dry leather
  • Corner strengthening and repair
  • Filling in loss areas on leather spines
  • Water-tearing kozo paper to desired irregular shapes
  • Toning kozo paper with stable acrylics

Materials to Bring: None. 

Workshop Fee (includes $40 materials fee): $200.00
Scholarships available; click here to apply

Date & Time: Sunday, January 9, 2022 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

Note: 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

Past Student Reviews:

"I consider myself very lucky to have found an instructor who is both an excellent bookbinder and conservator."

“Juliayn is an excellent teacher and so patient."

“Juliayn is so good, knowledgeable, and patient. She manages to give everyone attention while managing time very well. She answers all questions and is very well prepared. I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed taking this class with her.”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States