Open tomorrow 9am-5pm


Instructor: Beth Sheehan
August 17, 24, & 31, 2021, 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST
$130 Members and Non-members


In this 3-day virtual workshop hosted on ZOOM, participants will get a crash course in making hard-cover books at home with little-to-no equipment. Beth will begin by creating the “textblock” for the book, illustrating how to fold and sew the pages, add end papers, and prep the book for covering. Participants will then learn to make their own book cloth from fabrics they have at home. Finally, participants will use the book cloth they each created to make covers for their book and learn the process of casing-in hard-cover books. Discussion will focus on best practices for bookbinding, the tools and tricks for working in a home studio, and ways to use the skills learned in this workshop to make different bindings in the future. This class is a continuation of the Bookbinding for Artists workshop, however, participants need NO previous book making experience!



Please note, this is a 3 part class, taking place on 3 different days via ZOOM.

Tuesday, August 17 | 6:00–8:00 PM EST
Tuesday, August 24 | 6:00–8:00 PM EST
Tuesday, August 31 | 6:00–8:00 PM EST


Image credits: Beth Sheehan


BETH SHEEHAN is an artist currently living in Tuscaloosa, AL. She has worked as a professional printer at Durham Press in Pennsylvania and at Harlan and Weaver in New York and was also the Lead Binder/Bindery Manager at Small Editions in Brooklyn. Sheehan teaches paper, print, and book workshops and co-authored the book Bookforms: A Complete Guide to Designing and Crafting Hand-Bound Books, 2019. Her artwork investigates scientific ideas of memory and perception to explore her own lack of episodic memory often through the mediums of papermaking, printmaking, and book art. Sheehan’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in several public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, and the San Francisco Public Library. Visit Beth at

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  • Boiling water
  • Cake flour
  • Whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Spray bottle of water
  • Pantyhose sock
  • 4 inch chip brush or other paste brush
  • 1 inch chip brush
  • Glue containers (x2)
  • 1 sheet of plexiglass, glass, or metal, at least 14 x 18 inches
  • PVA or Jade glue
  • Newsprint or large scrap papers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Cutting tool (X-acto, Olfa knife, scalpel, etc.)
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder or Teflon folder
  • Awl
  • Bookbinding needle
  • Bookbinding thread
  • 1 sheet of Japanese paper, cut to 12 x 16 inches (such as this:
  • Cotton or linen fabric, cut to 12 x 16 inches
  • 2 sheets decorative paper, 8.5 x 11 inches each
  • 30 sheets of text-weight paper, 8.5 x 11 inches each (Any text-weight paper would be fine, some examples are: Colorplan, Mohawk Superfine, Somerset Book, French Paper Co. You may have to buy large sheets and cut them down before class.)
  • 1 sheet of chip board (such as this: