Bookbinding Core 3 :: Limp Paper Binding

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June 24th, 2023 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Nina Zeininger
  • Workshop Extra: Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Sessions: 1
  • In-person or Online?: In-person

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $200
Scholarship available; click here to apply.

This is an in-person workshop. As of January 2023, masks are strongly encouraged but not required unless otherwise indicated. 

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. Core workshops must be taken sequentially.

Click here to learn more about the Bookbinding Core Certificate Program! 

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

>> Prerequisites: Bookbinding Core 1 & 2. Please do not register for this class if you won't have completed Core 1 & 2 by June 24 <<


Materials to Bring: None. All tools and materials will be provided.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 24, 2023 :: 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 to allow the instructor time to prep materials for class. 

About the Instructor | Nina Eve Zeininger (they/them)

Nina Eve Zeininger {they/them/mx.} is a paper artist, budding book historian, and knowledge management professional. They hold a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute with a focus on historic processes and an MLIS from Indiana University with a focus on Book History. Their art is concentrated on bookmaking, photography, and letterpress printing and is infused with nature, bright colors, and sarcasm. Their book history research centers on diverse representation and equality in information access, Readers’ Advisory, and inclusive & reparative description.

After growing up in New England, Nina headed west for college and still hasn’t found a good reason to leave the Bay Area. By day Nina’s time is spent making information accessible and connecting teachers and students with the resources they need to teach and learn. On nights and weekends, Nina morphs into a book arts instructor, researcher, writer, and sometimes even a baker & bartender. Of course no life would be complete without a daily game of fetch played with two giant felines. They dream of writing about books professionally and teaching book history and information science at the college level.

Nina Eve’s artwork and bookish musings can be found at

Past Student Reviews:

 “Nina gave really clear instructions & importantly, the reason for doing a particular step the way we were doing it.”

“I liked that this is a form of binding that most people are very familiar with, as it allowed me to really get a sense for the construction of books and insight into how and why a binding may fail. Nina is also exceptionally patient, sets a great pace, and makes all of the steps digestible. I appreciate them dealing with my endless questions and uncertainties!"

“Excellent experience all around. Nina is fantastic!”

 “Nina was great!  They gave good demos, and gave us time to complete our work, with help if needed. Good materials, and just overall a great experience.”

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States