WORKSHOP The Art of Bookbinding

by - Sunday, April 08, 2012

The Art of Bookbinding
Gaye Hansen

$295 (includes $70 lab fee) class limit 12

September 27-29 (Thu-Sat) 10am–4pm
Maiwa Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

One of our most popular classes—the demand for professional bookbinding instruction has been overwhelming. As more people have seen the exquisite books created in these classes, interest has grown considerably.

On the first day students will practice fundamental binding techniques, including Japanese stab binding, corner treatments, the pamphlet stitch, the use of book cloth, and single signature procedures.

As the workshop progresses, students will be taken through the steps of making a 6” x 7” hardcover book using more advanced techniques: cloth covers, sewing signatures, interleaf pages, hinges, linen tapes, and headbands. The books become personalized through add-in techniques such as sewn-in envelopes, specialty papers, block printing, insertions, and pockets. A wide variety of handmade and commercial papers will be used for the final project.


Gaye Hansen is the maker of books of exceptional beauty that contain intriguing wonders. She has an extensive background in bookbinding and the textile arts and has taught our popular bookbinding courses for the last five years. She is also a master weaver who has taught weaving workshops for over 30 years. In 2002 she was chair of the Convergence Conference of the Hand Weavers Guilds of America. She has also been active with the Vancouver Weavers and Spinners Guild and is author of five best-selling Canadian cookbooks.

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