Rough & Tumble Ergonomic Notebook
Instructor Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Saturday & Sunday July 16 & 17, 2022
10 AM to 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time each day
From wherever you are, via Zoom
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for two weeks after the workshop)

More traditionally called a “limp paper case,” this binding has its origins in the limp parchment cases of antiquity. This update is flexible enough to read on the beach, yet sturdy enough to throw in a backpack. The rounded, breakaway spine feels great in the hand, keeps its shape with repeated use, and ensures the book will open fully. The folded “yapp” fore edge protects the pages at the open edge of the book.

Sewing on tapes keeps the text block square and organized while it is being constructed, and later fortifies the attachment of the text block to the case. The hooked endsheets allow complete opening at the title page.

Best of all, the book can be made in a sparsely-equipped home studio. You’ll have so much fun making and using this book you’ll forget you are learning foundational bookbinding skills. This workshop is appropriate for intermediate binders, beginners who are ready for a fast-paced workout, and anyone who wants to add another quick and sturdy binding to their repertoire.


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 $170.


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.