NEW! Bookbinding Workshop: Limp-Vellum Binding with Case-Paper


NEW! Bookbinding Workshop: Limp-Vellum Binding with Case-Paper


Instructor: Bari Zaki

Date: Saturday, June 9th 

Time: 11 am - 4pm

Limit 3 people

Also available as Private or Semi-private - Call the studio: 773-294-7766 or email to enquire.


We begin as we always do in our bookbinding classes; getting acquainted with paper grain, it's integrity for the finished book & a handful of tools you will need for future bookbinding - All of which are included in the cost of this class.

We will fold several full size sheets (22 x 30") of drawing papers into smaller folios to create a nice size book.  Then sew the folios onto strips of leather (referred to in bookbinding terms as a “thong”).

Our cover will be made using a thick sheet of handmade paper, which we will score and fold around the book-block, and finishing up by weaving the leather strips through the cover. 

And the loveliest detail - we will weave the headbands (top and bottom of book-block) onto a strip of leather, seen at the top of the book nestled in the book spine.

Finishing up with an interior pocket/envelope on the front and back covers.

Oh, A Very Happy Moment Indeed!

Your finished book with have hand-torn, known as deckle-edges, on all three sides of your book - This is a really lovely thing!

By the end of this class you will have one finished book, and the tools and techniques to make more at home... including our charming illustrated handout with step-by-step instructions drawn by Emmy Kennett; our nimble shop assistant.

This binding technique dates back to at least the 14th century! Makes an awesome sketchbook, photo album, journal, or gift!

No previous experience necessary!

All Materials & Tools Included: 

Handmade Paper for your cover. European mouldmade paper for your pages. Leather strips for your binding. Bonefolder. Shipping-clerks knife. Xacto-blade. Lightweight-awl. Linen thread. Needle.

Our studio is light-filled, airy, & organized, including an extensive library of books about bookbinding, calligraphy, & drawing for your musings.

We look forward to sharing our love of paper and making books with you in this four (maybe five-ish-hour workshop)!

If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me: 
773-294-7766 or

Classes are held at
Bari Zaki Studio  
3858 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

If for any reason a class is cancelled, students will be contacted and refunded the full class fee. Cancellations made at least 14 days in advance of the class are eligible for a refund.

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