Published May 19, 2024

This is a partial listing of upcoming book arts opportunities at the Virginia Center for the Book.

Paper Weaving with Janet Eden
Saturday, June 29, 2024 (12PM – 3PM)

“Come have an afternoon playing with paper!!” We will learn 2 techniques and most important, some tricks. Most papers work well, solids, patterns, and pictures.
Bring some of your favorites and we will have some available.


Making and Using Junk Journals Part I w/Donna Knoell
Sunday, July 14, 2024 (12PM – 4P

Junk Journals are easy to make and, by definition, use materials you already have: junk mail, envelopes, used greeting cards, off-size scraps of paper from notebooks, posters, maps, office supplies, calendars, museum catalogs… images and textures that appeal to you.


Book Binding Core Workshops I-IV (Summer 2024 Session)
w/Jane Freeman & Yolanda Merrill
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 18– 21, 2024 (10AM – 4PM)

This four-part Bookbinding Core Series prepares participants to undertake a wide range of projects and additional classes in intermediate and advanced bookbinding techniques and book structures.

  • Class 1 introduces basic bookbinding tools, shop equipment, materials, and processes.
  • Class 2 employs the portfolio structure to develop skills in board cutting, working with cover materials, and using adhesives.
  • Class 3 starts with an introduction to the case-bound book, its history, and mechanics.
    Participants will learn how to sequence the making of this structure and will end the day with a fully finished case-bound book.
  • Class 4 is a continuation of class 3.
    Participants will make a second case-bound book. They can decide on the size and cover material of this book and are free to experiment with decorative paper brought from home.


Drum Leaf Binding w/Jane Freeman
Tuesday, July 30, 2024 (10AM – 4PM

Drum Leaf Binding is an innovative binding that opens flat with no stitching to interrupt images or text that cross the fold of the page. 
Using minimal adhesive, single-sided folios are stacked and glued to create the text block.
The resulting book is useful as a journal and sketchbook as well as an artist’s book featuring prints, paintings, photographs, and more.
In this class, participants will fold folios, glue folios to construct a text block, and then case the text block in a hard cover that features a breakaway cloth spine and decorative paper.  


Two-Needle Coptic Bookbinding with Janet Eden
Saturday, August 10, 2024 (9:45 AM– 4:00 PM)

Coptic binding is the oldest form of a book (a “codex”) in Western culture. In its modern form, it has a hardcover and an open spine that reveals decorative binding stitching. At the end of this intermediate course, participants will take home a full-size Coptic-bound book.
Basic bookbinding skills needed (folding signatures; cover book boards).
During this class, we will make a quick model to learn the sewing pattern, and then make a finished book.
Prior to the class, participants will need to pick up book boards at the Center for the Book and bring them to the class covered in the material of their choosing.


Letterpress Core Skills: Summer Session 2024
Thursday thru Sunday, August 22–25, 2024 (10AM – 4PM

Explore the art and craft of typesetting and letterpress printing in the Center’s Pressroom which features Vandercook cylinder letterpresses and the largest publicly accessible collection of movable type in the mid-Atlantic region.
We’ll have multiple small assignments/projects demonstrating metal type, lino & wood block, polymer, and multi-color printing.


Making Junk Journals Part II w/Donna Knoell
Saturday & Sunday, September 14–15, 2024 (12PM – 4PM)

Using the techniques from Junk Journals Part I, this two-day workshop will use repurposed/discarded book covers to create a 5-inch x 7-inch hard-back journal with 3 signatures using more materials you already have: junk mail, envelopes, used greeting cards, off-size scraps of paper from notebooks, posters, maps, office supplies, calendars, museum catalogs.


Slipcase Construction w/Jane Freeman
Tuesday, September 24, 2024 (10AM – 4PM

Interested in constructing a beautiful slipcase to “house” a favorite book or set of books? Participants in this class will build one slipcase in class and learn to adapt the basic model to accommodate different sizes of books. Using a standard-size hardback journal as our base (this book is provided), participants will measure, cut, cover, and assemble a four-sided, lined slipcase to house the journal.


Fall 2024 Paper Marbling w/Sandie Brayman (Instructed)
Saturday, October 19, 2024 (10AM – 4PM)

This instructed one-day standalone marbling workshop will guide participants through the process of marbling successively more intricate patterns, as well as time to experiment with your own unique designs.
By the end of this class, those who wish to pursue their skills will have the experience and knowledge to do so.


Fall 2024 Paper Marbling: A Non-Instructed Workshop for “Experienced” Marblers
Sunday, October 20, 2024 (11AM – 3PM)

All the tools and materials are setup for you to marble away. Perfect your marbling skills during our four-hour session – Open to those with previous marbling experience.
This standalone session follows our previous day’s instructed workshop. 
This class is open to those with previous marbling experience.

  • Note that this is a non-instructed session!
    All equipment, tools, and materials will be provided
  • Sandie Brayman will supervise the session but NO formal instruction is provided
  • Attendees should possess the basic skills of paper marbling.


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