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Case Bound Journal-Sketchbook

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Case Bound Journal-Sketchbook, September 2024 Registration
$ 241.00
4 available

A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday and Sunday, September 28–29, 1-5pm

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About this Workshop:

Build on your introduction to bookmaking skills! In this intermediate bookmaking class, students will learn the process of binding a flat-back, closed-cover book. We’ll cover how to prepare and sew signatures, how to make a case with a hinged spine, and how to combine the two! In this class, we will also get the chance to utilize some of the bindery’s equipment, such as the guillotine, board shears, and nipping press. All materials are provided with the materials fee, but students are more than welcome to bring their own decorative papers and book cloth to personalize their books. Everyone in this workshop will walk away with an entirely handmade, hardcover blank book. 

Level: Intermediate – Introduction to Bookmaking (6 hours) or similar experience with bookbinding techniques required.

Registration closes September 20, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students may want to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Sample images by Nathalie Ryan


Registration includes a $30 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including PVA adhesive, newsprint, bookcloth, paper, book board, and decorative papers. In addition, students may want to consider bringing the following optional items:

  • Decorative papers you’d like to use from your personal stash
  • Book cloth (if you want a specific color)
  • Any personal bookbinding tools you’d prefer over Pyramid’s classroom set


Nathalie A. Ryan is an educator, artist, writer, and musician, enjoying life in DC by wandering, wondering, and experimenting. Since 2002, she has led public programs at the National Gallery of Art and facilitated Professional Development Workshops for K-12 Educators at Harvard Project Zero. A certified mindfulness meditation facilitator and advocate for the role of the arts in nurturing cognitive, social-emotional, and ethical dispositions, Nathalie believes in the power of the arts to help people slow down, notice the world around them in new ways, spark curiosity, and deepen connection with oneself and others.



“This was a fantastic class and so well taught! The pacing was perfect. There was a nice group dynamic of sharing and learning together. All in all – WONDERFUL experience!”

—Recent workshop participant

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