Book Arts Basics Logo ONLINE CLASS

Instructor: Laurel Herbeck

Date of the class: Sunday, April 25, 2021

Time of the class: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Alaska Time)

Wrap Around BindingLocation: Online Zoom Meeting

Northwoods Book Arts Guild, in partnership with the Folk School Fairbanks, is excited to offer BOOK ARTS BASICS SERIES 2- SEWN BINDINGS. In this series, we offer an introduction to three structures of sewn bindings that add distinctive visual elements to the character of each book. The three classes in the series are: Japanese Stab Binding with Susan Campbell on April 11; Wrap Around Binding with Laurel Herbeck on April 25; and 1-, 2-, and 3-Section Bindings with Margo Klass on May 2.

This versatile book structure has a concertina binding, with 5-hole pamphlet stitch, and a cover which wraps around and neatly tucks in for a truly elegant finish. The book is great for use as a travel or art journal, photo album, field journal or sketchbook. The possibilities for design and use of this portable handmade book are endless.

We will make a quick model, for future reference, then design a final book featuring decorative papers for the cover. A list of paper selection and measurements, pamphlet stitch instruction diagram, and Concertina fold diagram and instructions will be provided.

In addition to the provided materials, students will need the following tools:

  • cutting mat, 18 x 24” or larger
  • cutting knife and blades (eg: X-Acto)
  • bone folder/scoring tool
  • awl
  • ruler: 2” or 3″ plastic
  • scissors
  • pencil and eraser
  • glue stick (Elmer’s All-Purpose or other permanent archival glue)
  • double stick tape

Wrap Around BindingBasic Tool Kits are available for loan from the Northwoods Book Arts Guild if you do not have the listed tools. Kits have a retail value of $100. A $50 deposit is required to check out a kit (please bring cash or check to the kit pickup).

Materials pickup: Pickup for materials kits and loaner tools will be at the NBG Studio (Suite 205, 3550 Airport Way) on Wednesday, April 21th 12:00 – 2:00 pm.  Masks must be worn in the studio. Contact the instructor to make an appointment for a pick up at another time.

Scholarships are available. See the Northwoods Book Arts Guild website at for details and to apply.

Zoom meeting details: You’ll need to download the Zoom app on your favorite device. A couple of days before class, you’ll receive an email with the Zoom link. Please review the information on our Using Zoom for Online Classes and Meetings page to make sure you have the resources necessary to successfully and satisfactorily participate in such a class before you sign up.

Maximum number of students: 12

Minimum number of students: 5

Age range: 18 and up

Wrap Around BindingPrerequisites:  Basic knowledge of book arts materials and tools is recommended. Contact instructor with questions about whether this class is right for you.

Cost: $40

Materials fee: $10

Contact: Laurel Herbeck:

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by April 20th. For out-of-town folks, you must register by April 15th to allow for shipping. Registration will be closed after this time. Loaner tools cannot be shipped, so out-of-town students will need to provide their own tools – see tool list above. The other materials, including papers, thread, etc. can be shipped.



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