Book Repair Core :: Cloth Reback in person workshop

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October 8th, 2022 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Juliayn Coleman
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: October 8th, 2022 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: October 10th, 2022 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 3
  • 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.


In this class, we will learn the steps necessary to repair ailing clothbound books. This style of repair, developed through decades of use in conservation labs and private studios alike, allows the practitioner to safely disbind books with integrity and respect for the original structure, and follows an ethic of saving every part of the original material. The cloth reback can be varied many ways to attend to the many different problems books can have, but all variations are based on the foundational method taught in this class.

Students will work on books specifically chosen by the instructor, who will also discuss how to identify books that are not good candidates for this type of repair. 

Competencies Gained:

  • Students will be comfortable with the concepts and techniques used in the basic cloth reback
  • Students will understand the purpose of the cloth reback and when it is not the proper strategy for a broken book
  • Students will be comfortable with basic concepts and strategies in paper repair
  • Students will be able to make their own cooked paste and methyl cellulose poultice
  • Students will be able to use a lifting knife and sharpen it on a leather strop   

>> Recommended Prerequisite: Book Repair Core :: Paper & Paste <<

Materials to Bring: Lifting knife made by instructor, included in class fee and given to student at the first workshop meeting.

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: bone folder, awl, utility blade, scissors, dividers, pencil.

Workshop Fee (includes $75 materials fee): $525.00
Scholarships available; click here to apply

Date & Time: Saturday-Monday, October 8, 9 & 10, 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 | 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:

 “All three sessions were a joy. The facilities exceptional.”

“The instruction and pacing was excellent - even though we were learning a lot I did not feel rushed or anxious about being able to keep up or do the various tasks.”

“Thank you so much, Juliayn, for a wonderful class.”

“The bookbinding skills we learned were very useful and immediately applicable to all types of repair projects.”

“Juliayn is an excellent instructor, extremely knowledgeable and patient. Thank you for a wonderful class and for sharing your passion and expertise.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States