The Potentially Panoramic Multi-Section Pamphlet
Instructor Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Saturday September 24, 2022
11 AM to 1 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are, via Zoom.
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for at least 30 days after the workshop.)

This binding differs from the usual in that each section is sewn through the paper cover with a separate length of thread. The sections are linked to the cover but not linked to each other in any way. The exposed pamphlet stitches can be made using multiple colors of thread, up to as many colors as there are sections. The construction makes components that are easily replaceable: the cover if it becomes soiled or worn, the sections if they become filled with your writing and sketches, the thread if it begins to fray.

The wrapper folds back on itself at the fore edges, providing double-thickness protection of the text block. These flaps can also be decorated and unfolded, offering a wide panoramic image for exhibit. The wrapper could also be finished with a Yapp edge or a self-locking flap.

This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, beginners who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add more paper cases to their repertoire. The binding is based on a structure in Gabrielle Fox’s classic Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone ( John will send you an email explaining how to pay your tuition online. It's a simple process.


This workshop has a set tuition fee of $100.

What You'll Need

Computer or tablet with Internet connection plus the tools and materials listed on this PDF document.


Karen Hanmer's artist-made books are physical manifestations of personal essays intertwining history, culture, politics, science, and technology. She utilizes both traditional and contemporary book structures, and the work is often playful in content or format. Hanmer's work is included in collections ranging from The British Library and the Library of Congress to Stanford University and Graceland, and of course the Jaffe Collection. She offers workshops and private instruction focusing on a solid foundation in traditional binding skills.