Online Workshop in November: Variations of the Sewn Board Binding

Please register NOW for this great workshop; you’ll need to prepare (or order) materials. The workshop is limited to 15 participants and costs $75 each plus $35 kit payable to Roberta (or you can assemble your own materials; see November 1 below).

Variations of the Sewn Board Binding, a Workshop with Roberta Lavadour

See dates below; actual time to be told to participants
Online via Zoom
Register here:
$75 for BAG members; you must be a member to participate


This structure provides a novice with a great introduction to sound constructions and allows the seasoned binder to refine their technique and discover new avenues for expressive design. The opportunities for incorporating personalized elements are endless, and we’ll take inspiration from examples that display weaving, embossing, the incorporation of found objects, and more

Monday, October 30: Deadline for students to order materials kit online from instructor. $35 shipped to mainland US addresses. (We’ll send info after you register.)

Wednesday, November 1: All students receive link to online illustrated instructions for the project, including instructions for those who would like to prep their own materials.

Saturday, November 4: Expected delivery date of materials kits.

Friday, November 10: One-hour introduction with time for Q&A. Some students will have already sewn their book blocks and some may just be getting started.

Sunday, November 12: Students will log into Zoom for a two-hour session with their sewn, lined book block ready to finish together as a group.

Sunday, November 19, optional: Students to gather for an hour to share their finished projects and any subsequent books they’ve made, and show off the adaptations that each incorporated.

Supply List

  • Linen sewing thread (25/3 or so)
  • #18 Bookbinding needle or something close
  • Beeswax for waxing thread
  • Scissors
  • Bonefolder
  • Teflon folder with squared end (optional but encouraged)
  • Metal ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Utility knife
  • Awl or pin vise
  • Waste paper sheets (old catalogs, etc.)
  • PVA adhesive
  • Medium and small glue brushes
  • Large UHU Glue Stick (not purple)

Roberta Lavadour lives and works in rural eastern Oregon, near the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Her work is fueled by a rampant curiosity and explores a range of themes, sparked by everything from estate sale finds to her tangled family history. She’s been exhibiting artist’s books and design bindings for twenty-five years and has contributed several innovative structures to the field of book arts. In addition to maintaining an active studio practice, she teaches in workshop settings, sharing a passion for both sound construction and fearless exploration.

Please register as soon as possible! We will email the supply list after receipt of payment.

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