The Sewn Boards Binding with Sewn-In Wrapper
Step Four in the Sewn Boards Binding Series

Instructor: Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Saturday January 14, 2023
10 AM to 12 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.)

This variation on the Sewn Boards Binding is based on a model by Gary Frost in the University of Iowa Library. Before sewing, a long strip of card is hinged around the one of the card folios that start and end the book. The stub faces out. After sewing, the card strip is folded around the fore edge of the card folio it is hinged around, across the spine of the book, folded again at the fore edge of the second card folio, and rests inside that folio. A spine lining provides support. The structure provides quick, low-adhesive protection for a text that cannot wait for a more formal binding. The wrapper can unfold as a wide panorama, presenting book arts possibilities.

Note: This is a fast-paced, intermediate-level workshop. Students should be making books regularly and independently, outside a workshop setting. Familiarity with the sewn boards binding is helpful.


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.