Secret Belgian Binding (Criss-Cross Binding)
Saturday, October 12, 2019 (12 Noon-4:00 PM)
Note: This Workshop is Fully Subscribed
The registration page will allow you to join our waitlist for a 2nd session (date TBD)

Participants will make a “Secret Belgian Binding” structure and make one book.  It lies flat when open and has an unusual stitching pattern for attaching the covers to the text.  This is accomplished by folding the signatures into the text block, then sewing the boards together, and then sewing the individual signatures to the boards.  Printed instructions will be provided.

Prep work before class:
  Participants will need to do prep work before class–making signatures and covering boards.
Details will be sent after registration.
Precut boards will be available to be picked up at the book center.
The instructor will offer a session one evening (probably 5:30-7:00 pm) to assist in covering boards if needed and for those who prefer to do covering work at the center.
Special arrangements can be made for out-of-town participants who cannot pick up boards or come to the special session.

Workshop Details:

Book Arts Workshop: Secret Belgian Binding – Saturday, October 12, 2019 (12 Noon-4:00 PM)
Location: Virginia Center for the Book (map: Jefferson School City Center)
Fee for One Day Workshop: Fee: $35 members, $40 nonmembers (materials are included)
Instructor: Jennifer Billingsly
Class Size: Limited to 8 students.
Skill level: Intermediate (able to cover book boards and fold signatures, and some experience with sewing signatures)
Materials and tools: Standard binding tools such as awl, bone folder, ruler with metal edge, pencil; Japanese screw punch if available (not required).
Materials – 8-1/2 x 11 copy paper and paper to cover boards.  Prep instructions will give details.
Instructor bio: Jennifer Billingsly is a teacher, bookbinder, and artist. She has been a book arts member of the Center for the Book since 2008.

For more workshop information: Jennifer Billingsly <>

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