Binding

SFCB's bookbinding courses range from the enduring structures of both Western and Eastern traditions to contemporary approaches, with a wealth of bookmaking techniques in between, including pamphlets, pop-ups, exposed sewing stitches, protective boxes, photo albums and more.

Workshops: Binding
Type Title Instructor Summary Status
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 9:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

Think outside the standard box! In this workshop students will learn to make several different shaped boxes from various paper materials and custom templates.

Closed
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

If you're looking to add a pop-up element to your book or just looking for an effective way of making an impact on a page then the Turkish Map Fold is for you! This fun structure has a range of possibilities in the book arts world.

Closed
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 3:00 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Learn to make an adorable library of books small enough to fit in your pocket! Share your love of books by creating a set of tiny tomes to wear and share.

Wait-list
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

If you're familiar with "book arts basic concepts" but not quite ready to jump into SFCB's Bookbinding Core series, this is the class for you! In this four hour class, students will build basic bookbinding skills with a focus on sewing multiple signature bindings.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, May 31, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Wait-list
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

The right paper loves to be folded, creased and bound, and this course is an integrated exploration of the two pleasures of accordions and folds, and where they intersect. Create five books during this fun-filled session, that covers a wide range of possibilities for these structures.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

Have you been dreaming of honing your marbling skills but are unsure of doing it on your own? This workshop will allow you to do just that! Guided by Italian marbler Pietro Accardi, students will have a day to practice techniques learned in SFCB’s Introduction to Marbling workshops and leave with a stack of their own marbled paper.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 2, 2019, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

This all-adhesive structure is perfect for turning single sided media like photographs and prints into an elegant double sided book structure.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Monday, June 3, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Monday, June 3, 2019, 10:00 PM
Robin Weinert

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, June 8, 2019, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Developed by book conservator and book arts educator Gary Frost, the Sewn Boards binding is an elegant solution for “lay flat” books. In this day long workshop, students learn how to construct this particular binding, as well as necessary tips for recreating a Sewn Board structure outside of class.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 9, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 9, 2019, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

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.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 9, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 9, 2019, 5:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Create a letterpress printed one page wonder. Single sheet books are made out of one sheet of paper and in this workshop students will design and print an edition of one-page folded books while learning to set type and print on a cylinder press.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 9:30 PM
Stephanie Jucker

In this class students will learn how to combine the basic structure of a star book with the theatrical 3D effects of a tunnel book. Through various methods they will discover how build a mobile with a playful sense of narrative.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 15, 2019, 5:00 PM
Dorothy Yuki

A book structure with personality built into the cover, buttonhole books allow for exposed sewing and decorative cuts that give a window from the outside in.

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Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 16, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, June 16, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, June 22, 2019, 5:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

In this second Core Bookbinding class, students will create what most of us refer to as a hardbound book. In bookbinding terms, it is known as a case binding; where a sewn textblock is glued into a separate structure known as a case.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 5:30 PM
Andrew Rottner

Working from pre-cut materials students will learn three simple enclosures: Folded Paper Portfolio, Phased Box, & Slipcase.

Open
Binding, Printing
Sessions: 2
Start: Sunday, June 23, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 30, 2019, 5:30 PM
Brian Lieske

Tinker with analog design and produce a small edition with your personal aesthetic imprinted throughout the book. In addition to the scheduled class meetings, students may use open studio time to fully develop and implement decorative type in a small edition of excerpts from a classic text. You’ll design your book’s cover in addition to the decorations throughout the text.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, June 24, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, June 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

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 work in our bindery.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, June 29, 2019, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

If you're familiar with "book arts basic concepts" but not quite ready to jump into SFCB's Bookbinding Core series, this is the class for you! In this four hour class, students will build basic bookbinding skills with a focus on sewing multiple signature bindings.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, June 30, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, June 30, 2019, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

This introduction to the secondary track in leatherwork for bookbinding helps students cross the frontier of those remote and mysterious tools and techniques commonly used in leather bookbinding today.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

The Ideal Sketchbook is modeled on the those used by Wordsworth and Ruskin as they wandered the Lake District to draw and write. Strong, elegant, and pleasing to use, it was the 'daybook' of choice for all the great Romantic poets and artists.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 7, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 7, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

A great class for beginners, this album can also be made on the kitchen table with a few tools. This is a great book structure for artists and photographers who want to display their work in a beautiful, hand-made book.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 7, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Sunday, July 7, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Weekend Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 7, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, July 7, 2019, 6:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Looking for a dynamic new artists' book structure? Explore the unique capabilities and three-dimensional movement of the flag book—a structure composed of crisscrossing “flags” or small pages attached to an accordion-folded spine.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Monday, July 8, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 12, 2019, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

This workshop will introduce students to an intriguing historical structure referred to as the Box Binding. This early bookbinding structure, flourished from the 8th-12th centuries throughout the Islamic world.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6:00 PM
End: Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:00 PM
Meri Brin

Learn the ins-and-outs of the Risograph, a marriage of silkscreen meeting photocopier. In this class you’ll create and edition print a 2-4 color poster.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, July 11, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Thursday, July 11, 2019, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 3
Start: Friday, July 12, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 26, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

A legendary structure, the fire-proof box is the ultimate in Victorian bookbinding craftsmanship. This box structure is strong, functional and elegant. A rare treat, this box is not often made except for special books.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 13, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 14, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

This class will introduce a range of techniques that can be used in repairing the many kinds of moveable books, including books with slots and tabs, pivots and joints, carousel books and more.

Open
Binding, Printing
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, July 13, 2019, 4:30 PM
Lisa Rappoport

Learn the basics of letterpress printing and analog design as you create and bind simple notebooks to gift or save.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, July 13, 2019, 4:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn the basics of pochoir, a stenciling technique that is great for editioning and book art. Pochoir will help you add color and depth to your projects.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 15, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 19, 2019, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

This class will introduce you to the many techniques that were traditionally used to line materials for bookbinding.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Friday, July 19, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Friday, July 19, 2019, 10:00 PM
Lara Durback

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 5:30 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

In centuries past, books were sometimes sewn onto cords and then laced into soft covers before being bound for a specific collection or library. In this class students will bind a book using these bindings as a model but employing thick paper as the folded and laced wrapper.

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Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

If you’ve been seeking an interesting and elegant way to house your book and paper structures or you’re just looking for a beautiful, non-traditional box for storing things, this workshop is your answer. Spend a day learning to construct a charming and functional hatch-top box with a bottom drawer.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

If you've been looking for a book with a nearly indestructible cover, or just a unique binding, this is your answer! Straight out of a 1970s Italian phone booth, this 360-degree flexible binding offers many advantages because it bends and does not break.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, July 21, 2019, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

If you're familiar with "book arts basic concepts" but not quite ready to jump into SFCB's Bookbinding Core series, this is the class for you! In this four hour class, students will build basic bookbinding skills with a focus on sewing multiple signature bindings.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 22, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, July 26, 2019, 5:30 PM
Shawn Sheehy

Combine pop-up and movable book structures to bring dimension and animation to your books. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the fundamentals of paper engineering and learn about the tools and materials of the craft.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Explore the joys of making your own historical decorated papers, then experiment with contemporary designs and inventive techniques.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 3
Start: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Monday, July 29, 2019, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

After Orientation to Leather, take the plunge into the world of leather bookbinding with Leather Core 1. In this 3-day workshop students will refine their leather working skills while making a book that advances the skills learned in Bookbinding Core 4.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Sunday, July 28, 2019, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, July 29, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 2, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

Explore the complexities of this challenging area of book restoration.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 4, 2019, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

Paper repair is an essential skill of the book restorer, as many bindings have text pages or plates in need of treatment. In this workshop, Michael will demonstrate effective techniques for treating damaged pages, focusing on cleaning, flattening, restoring loss and mending tears.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 4, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 4, 2019, 5:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

Championed by conservator/bookbinder Carmencho Arregui, this book structure can easily be made in a few hours – the perfect thing if you’re interested in making a gift for a friend or a new sketchbook/journal for yourself!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 5, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 9, 2019, 5:30 PM
Dominic Riley

Seventeenth century England was the age of revolution, and the age of the pamphlet. Whether incendiary, radical or politically contentious, treaties published in this format were published in their millions. This new workshop from Dominic will teach you how to make an authentic binding from the period. Working on a facsimile of a historical text, we will reproduce a handsome ‘pastiche’ binding sympathetic with the time.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 10:00 PM
Bettina Pauly

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Thursday, August 8, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Thursday, August 8, 2019, 9:30 PM
Bettina Pauly

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 11, 2019, 5:30 PM
Michael Burke

The traditional method of binding books in Ethiopia survived relatively unchanged for over a thousand years. Learn this binding style and leave with a versatile book that lies flat when opened.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

In this introductory class, student will gain a basic understanding of the history, techniques, tools, and styles of European marbling.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 10, 2019, 5:00 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Children’s board books make a great base for altered book projects. This class will show you how to transform a board book into a handmade art book using collage, acrylic techniques, and stamping. Students will discover how to add playful secret pockets, tags, and pop-ups to add elements of dimension and surprise.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 11, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 11, 2019, 5:30 PM
Pietro Accardi

This extension of our popular Introduction to Western Marbling workshop will help students take their marbling skills to the next level as they learn to marble on fabric that can be used for covering books and boxes.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, August 12, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, August 16, 2019, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

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 work in our bindery.

Open
Binding Core Curriculum, Certificate Program
Sessions: 2
Start: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 5:30 PM
Rhiannon Alpers

The final class in our Core Bookbinding series uses skills learned in each previous class to create a beautiful and classic rounded back cloth binding.

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Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 17, 2019, 3:00 PM
Monica Holtsclaw

Learn to make an adorable library of books small enough to fit in your pocket! Share your love of books by creating a set of tiny tomes to wear and share.

Open
Binding, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5:00 PM
Stephanie Jucker

Discover how to combine accordion folds, signatures, and a piano hinge spine to create a unique book with a playful hiding place.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 6:30 PM
End: Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 9:30 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Learn basic bookbinding structures and stitches that every book artist should know in this three-hour workshop. If you’ve ever been curious about how to make a book, Introduction to Bookbinding is the place to start. One workshop, five booklets!

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 5:00 PM
End: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:00 PM
Grendl Löfkvist

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 1:00 PM
End: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 6:00 PM
Jennie Hinchcliff

If you're familiar with "book arts basic concepts" but not quite ready to jump into SFCB's Bookbinding Core series, this is the class for you! In this four hour class, students will build basic bookbinding skills with a focus on sewing multiple signature bindings.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 1
Start: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 5:30 PM
Juliayn Coleman

Hey you, finicky readers out there! Tired of having to wrestle with your beloved books as you read them? This class is for you. In this workshop, we will take a paperback book and transform it into something more durable and easier to flex and open.

Open
Binding, Printing, Arts
Sessions: 1
Start: Saturday, August 31, 2019, 10:00 AM
End: Saturday, August 31, 2019, 5:00 PM
Nina Eve Zeininger

Evening Open Studio is an opportunity, for those who qualify to work on their own projects with an experienced instructor on hand.

Open
Binding
Sessions: 4
Start: Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, September 6, 2019, 5:30 PM
Erin Fletcher

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather, ways to transfer a design, and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of adding texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature blank book.

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Binding
Sessions: 5
Start: Monday, November 11, 2019, 9:30 AM
End: Friday, November 15, 2019, 5:30 PM
Samuel Feinstein

In this week-long workshop, students will learn the most important aspect of finishing in bookbinding: titling books by hand.

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