Sewn Boards Variations:
Sewn Boards Binding: the 1987 Prototype
Instructor: Karen Hanmer

Virtual Workshop
Saturday February 11, 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 Gary Frost’s first prototype. It is held in University of Iowa Library Historical Bookbinding Model Collection. A quick and utilitarian notebook, the outer card folios are glued shut, the spine lined, and a breakaway spine wrapper is added while covering the book in sturdy bookcloth. Expect a fast-paced workshop; some binding experience and familiarity with basic concepts like folding and paper grain direction will be 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.