The Sewn Boards Binding
with One-Piece Covering

Instructor Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Sunday December 11, 2022
10 AM to 1 PM Eastern Standard 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.)

The Sewn Boards binding is Gary Frost’s modern adaptation of an ancient method of board attachment. Stiffened outer signatures sewn along with the text block function as the book’s boards. The book opens flat. It can be dressed up or down with a variety of spine treatments, board-covering materials, and edge decoration techniques. It can be constructed quickly, lends itself to edition work, and can be made in a sparsely equipped home studio.

This elegant variation is covered in one piece of material, rather than the more standard quarter binding. The covering material can be book cloth, strong text-weight paper, or thinly-pared leather backed with tissue.


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.


Take the full series of FIVE Sewn Boards Bindings workshops and save $50. Tuition for each workshop is $100, but with this offer you can take all five workshops for a total of $450. The workshops in this 5-month series are: The Sewn Boards Binding (October 29), The Sewn Boards Binding with Hugging Spine Wrapper & Panel Boards (November 12), The Sewn Boards Binding with One-Piece Covering (December 11), The Sewn Boards Binding with Sewn-In Wrapper (January 14), and The Sewn Boards Binding 1987 Prototype (February 11). For those of you who would like to take advantage of this offer after the series has begun on October 29, we can offer you video of any workshop(s) you've missed.


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.