Bookbinding Core 3 :: Limp Paper Binding in-person workshop

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November 13th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Monica Holtsclaw
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: November 13th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: November 13th, 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 3 :: Limp Paper Binding

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound for a specific collection or library. Often covered with calfskin, these limp vellum bindings became an important structure all their own. In this class students will bind a book using these bindings as a model but employing thick paper as the folded and laced wrapper. Students will learn to use a sewing frame and the skill of sewing headbands.

Competencies Gained:

  • Build on skills from Cores 1 and 2


  • Scoring and lacing an outer case
  • Bookbinding materials: cords, heavy hand-made paper


  • Using a sewing frame
  • Sewing on leather thongs
  • Sewing headbands
  • Making a paper case with Yapp edge


  • Sewing Frame
  • Japanese hole punch
  • Dividers

Materials to Bring: None

>> Prerequisites: Bookbinding Core 1 & 2 <<

Workshop + Materials Fee: $200.00*
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 at the discounted rate.*

Date & Time: Sunday, November 13, 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 | Monica Holtsclaw

Monica Holtsclaw holds a Diploma in bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School and a BFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has worked as a bookbinder in private practice and in conservation labs and loves sharing what she has learned with others. Examples of her work can be found at

Past Student Reviews:

“Monica's instruction was clear and detailed. Her assistance was ever present, helpful, and patient. Her written instructions were clear and thorough.”

“Monica was outstanding. In addition to being knowledgeable, she had excellent written instructions for us to use and take with us.

“Monica is a great instructor, and nice and friendly person. She answers clearly all and every questions, and gets back to you if she remembers any additional points later.”

“I enjoyed sewing with a frame. I had been looking forward to trying out that tool for sewing tapes, and found it to be much easier than doing so by hand.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States