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Introduction to Bookmaking: Sewn Bindings

January 13 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, January 13, 10:30am-5:30pm

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About this Workshop:

This workshop will introduce you to the basics of bookbinding, including appropriate materials and tools needed to make your own notebooks, journals, or albums. The two book structures taught will be a French Link Journal-Sketchbook (an exposed spine sewn binding) and a Single Section Case Bound Notebook (a small hard-covered book). In addition to learning how to sew signatures and properly cover boards for hard-covered books, the class will provide an overview of tools needed in a basic bookbinding tool kit and concepts to consider when designing book content and structures. By the end of the course, you will be able to adapt these structures to suit your needs, as well as have a strong foundation for furthering your bookbinding skills.

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary

Registration closes January 5, 2024. Materials fees are included with registration to cover the materials supplied in class. A small list of optional items will also be provided to students to gather/bring to class.

Sample images by Nathalie Ryan


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including paper, thread, and glue. Students may want to bring the following optional items:

  • Notepad and pen for taking notes
  • Any personal tools you prefer to use (though we’ll have plenty on hand for you to use) – scissors, bonefolder, awl, ruler, X-acto knife, etc.


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.



“Nathalie’s long experience is evident – I appreciate all the tips and tricks she shared throughout the instruction. Loved this class and look forward to learning more!”

—Workshop Participant, Spring 2022

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