Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding in-person workshop

 Registration is closed for this event

September 17th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Nina Zeininger
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: September 17th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 17th, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person


This is an in-person workshop. All students and the instructor must show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 and agree to wear a mask for the duration of the class unless otherwise announced by SFCB. 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 to rent studio time in our bindery.

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

Bookbinding Core 1 :: Coptic Binding

To paraphrase Lewis Carroll, we begin at the beginning. This, the first of our Core Bookbinding series, introduces students to the craft with the Coptic stitch, one of the earliest structures in binding. In addition to coming away with a finished book made by hand, students will also be introduced to the tools and terms of bookbinding. Basic practices and equipment will be discussed as students familiarize themselves with both skills and safety measures needed for working in a bindery.

Competencies Gained:


  • Basic vocabulary of bookbinding tools and equipment
  • Basic bindery practices and procedures
  • Understanding paper grain


  • Folding, pressing, piercing, sewing, cutting and gluing


  • Board shear, nipping press, hand tools


Materials to Bring: None

Prerequisite: None; optional: Introduction to Bookbinding

Workshop + Materials Fee: $200.00*
Scholarships available; click here to apply

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

Date & Time: Saturday, September 17, 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. Registration will close three days prior to the start date of the workshop.


About the Instructor | Nina Eve Zeininger

Nina Eve Zeininger is only truly happy when making art and helping others to be creative. Born and raised in New England, Nina Eve now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

While earning a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, Nina Eve took as many book and printmaking classes as possible and has been taking pictures, making books, and printing ever since. Nina Eve’s work has been shown nationally and they can be found at local craft fairs selling printed and bookish wares under the guise of neon sprinkles studio. A lover of words, books, letters, and grammar; their work is infused with nature, bright colors, fun, and sarcasm. Day-to-day Nina Eve spends their time teaching letterpress and book arts, making art, working in non-profit arts education, crafting yummy food and tasty cocktails, reading, and playing fetch with their cats.

Past Student Reviews:

“Nina took us through the process of Coptic Binding with patience and precise explanation. Also, they showed us how to use and organize our workspace and to use tools safely and effectively.”

“Nina took great care in pacing the steps, and making sure everyone understood each one. Making the paste paper was fun too, and I was really pleased with the overall results."

“This was a very well-designed and well-taught class. It was evident that the instructor trained to teach this workshop. Every detail seemed deliberate and essential--no omissions, nothing irrelevant, and all presented at just the right time. The result is a smooth-running course that is a very good value."

“Nina is a really good teacher. They explained things clearly and demonstrated each step of the process. They’re also very patient, which is important.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States