Bookbinding Basics with AIGA CO: Sewn-board Journals

Learn to make a sewn-board structure, one of the earliest binding forms, commonly seen in Coptic binding structures. Book conservator and bookbinding artist Jessica Rogers, will teach this particular binding from an adaptation created by Book Lab teacher and conservator Gary Frost, which allows the book to lay completely flat when in use. It is also an easy structure to make and great for giving as gifts!

You will learn ... 

  • A light history of the structure
  • French-web sewing technique
  • Spine lining
  • How to determine grain direction in book materials
  • Decorative options and structural variations

Students will leave class with one completed book and may purchase additional materials to make a second or third.

Supplies & Tools

All tools will be available for students who do not have their own supplies. A selection of book cloth and decorative paper will be provided along with a text block (paper) to be sewn in class.

If you like, you can bring your own tools, including any of the following: 

  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Bone folder
  • Glue
  • Brush
  • Ruler
  • Any book cloth or decorative papers you wish to use.

About Jessica Rogers

Jessica Rogers graduated from the Joint Book Studies Program at the University of Iowa in 2015. After graduating, she returned to her hometown of Denver to open a conservation and bookbinding studio which is currently located in the Santa Fe Arts District.

She supplemented much of her university education with myriad workshops and week-long courses throughout the nation, including paper conservation; publisher-cloth book conservation; handmade bone tools; parchment making; digital-textual recovery; and multi-spectral imaging of faded inks on parchment and paper.

She is a board member of The Letterpress Depot, a living museum of printing that will be opening in Englewood this summer. The Letterpress Depot will host a swath of working presses, including Jessica's 1841 Schneidewend Hand Press, which was lovingly restored by a Chicago-based printer.


Space for this workshop is VERY LIMITED. Only 8 spaces available! 


AIGA Members: $55
Non-members: $65


Free street parking is available on Santa Fe and a pay lot is next to the building.

When & Where
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Artists On Santa Fe Gallery and Studios
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Currently Registered