Binding & Boxmaking

MCBA offers virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, suitable for all skill levels. (Look for the icons below denoting either in-person or virtual format!) MCBA’s teaching artists are eager to connect with you.

Workshops are eligible for credit toward MCBA’s Certificate programs. Enrollees receive a 20% discount on tuition. MCBA members receive a 10% discount on tuition.

Have questions about registration and withdrawal policies? This PDF contains a detailed list of policies and FAQs. If you are a teaching artist, you can propose a virtual workshop here.

Add your name to a wait list if a workshop you’d like to take is full. You’ll be contacted if another section of the workshop is scheduled.


Cross Structure Binding

with Sue Bjerke
Saturday: October 23; 12–4pm CT

In-person bookbinding returns! In this in-studio workshop, learn the cross structure binding, a versatile softcover binding that features a decorative woven cover. The quires, also known as signatures or gatherings of text pages, are sewn to the cover to make a sturdy journal that opens flat for ease of use. Paper covers can be made from a single sheet of paper or from any cover stock papers of contrasting color or design to create unique design possibilities. Continue reading “Cross Structure Binding”

Hardcover Book

with Anna Haglin
Wednesdays: October 27, November 3, 10, 17; 4:30-6:30pm CT

In this virtual workshop, learn how to make a hardcover book at home. An introduction to basic tools and materials will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make this binding again in different sizes and with a variety of materials. Learn how to find the grain direction of paper and book board, how to fold and sew paper to create pages, methods for creating a hardcover case using book board, and tips and tricks for attaching the hardcover to pages. Continue reading “Hardcover Book”

Woven Accordion Window Book

with Keri Miki-Lani Schroeder
Tuesdays: November 2, 9; 7–8:30pm CT

Elevate your accordions through dynamic depth and movement! This deceptively simple structure expands to create a dramatic three-dimensional effect with layered cut-out windows. This workshop includes a materials kit to create a model of the structure and is suitable for beginners, though you will need a few tools (listed below). Learn tips and tricks for folding “the best” accordion, how to cut out windows, sew a basic book, and create a removable cover, plus instruction on how to alter or scale the design for your future projects. Continue reading “Woven Accordion Window Book”

Box Building for Beginners

with Erin Maurelli
Tuesdays: November 16, 23, 30, December 7; 7–9pm CT

This workshop is perfect for anyone new to book arts who would like to learn something a little different. Building boxes with high-density board, often called “book board,” is a time-honored tradition within book arts. Hand-built boxes serve many functions, from holding tools to preserving fragile books. Participants will learn the basics of box building while creating two unique boxes with lids. Continue reading “Box Building for Beginners”

Fuzzy Books

with Joanna Manning
Tuesdays: November 30, December 7; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Chase away the cold pricklies with some warm, fuzzy, hand-felted artist’s books! In this interactive workshop, get acquainted with needle felting materials and turn wool into a miniature artist’s book of your design. Craft your own miniature book creation with simple techniques and minimal materials. Learn basic wool felting techniques including how to create and use stencils, fill in shapes, blend colors, and master fine details like thin lines, sharp edges, and dots. Continue reading “Fuzzy Books”

Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking

with Rachel E. Church
Wednesdays: December 1, 8, 15; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Learn a set of at-home techniques and structures for creating engaging artist’s books with little surprises such as storage compartments, peek-through cut-outs, and custom patterned paper. First, learn how to print patterned papers using simple, inexpensive supplies at home. This is a great process for all levels of artists to quickly express themselves through pattern and print! Next, explore masu boxes, a folded box structure that can be used to create a variety of book objects with storage compartments. Lastly, learn to make a suite of single-page folded book structures and experiment with ways to incorporate cut-outs to take advantage of both sides of the paper. Continue reading “Print, Fold, Cut! Three Playful Techniques for Bookmaking”

Making Books with Found Materials

with Savannah Bustillo
Thursdays: December 2, 9; 4:30–6:30pm CT

Experiment with a playful approach to making new narratives with found materials and existing prints! Start by learning how to find and organize found materials as well as strategies for working with spontaneity and chance to build a compelling narrative. Learn four simple book structures (Japanese stab binding, saddle stitch, pamphlet stitch, and one-page book) and discuss the unique possibilities each structure brings to shape narrative in books. Continue reading “Making Books with Found Materials”

Folded Greetings

with Mary Leikvold
Thursdays: December 2, 9; 7–9pm CT

Make little structures, envelopes, and other folded treats to give as holiday gifts or to use for ordinary and special occasions. On the first night, learn two folded paper structures that can be embellished and can hold written notes or drawings—a spiral fold that opens into a flower-like object, and a traditional Japanese envelope that unfolds to reveal a writing surface within. Finally, the class explores festive ways to dress up a simple zine structure. Continue reading “Folded Greetings”