Two Endbands: Three Color, Bead at Front and Rolled Leather or Paper
Step Three in the Sewn Endbands Series
Instructor Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Saturday August 5, 2023
10 AM to 12 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.)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Handsewn endbands are an elegant addition to any binding. They are not difficult to make, and with a little practice you’ll sew them in a flash and remember the technique forever. Endbands are the ideal skill to learn online: the view is so much larger on even the smallest device than you could get peering over the instructor’s shoulder. The recordings will allow you to watch the demo over and over, and at a normal, slowed down or accelerated speed.

In this session we will enhance the common bead at the front endband with a third color. We will also learn to make a quick and elegant rolled endband with thin leather, paper or unbacked cloth.

There are a total of four online workshops in this Sewn Endbands series. They are designed to complement each other, but each workshop may be taken as a stand-alone, with no prerequisite of taking the previous workshops in the series. Taking all four workshops, however, will give you both depth and breadth in this important aspect of binding. These are the four workshops in the series:

Saturday June 10 | Endbands: Medieval
Saturday July 8 | Endbands: Two color bead at the front
Saturday August 5 | Two Endbands: Three color bead at the front AND rolled leather or paper
Saturday September 16 | Endbands: French double core

The workshops in this series are fast-paced, intermediate level workshops for students experienced with traditional binding. Students should be making sewn bindings independently, outside a workshop setting.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone (


This workshop has a set tuition fee of $100. We're also offering a SPECIAL DEAL on the series: Take all four workshops in the series and pay a special tuition rate of $360 (a $40 savings). Even if some workshops have passed, you may still take the workshops via video to take advantage of this offer.


Tablet or computer with Internet connection, plus the supplies and materials listed here in 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.