Contemporary Limp Binding

with Ashley Thayer


Saturday, April 13, 2019

10am – 4pm, NBG Studio

$60 members             $75 non-members

$10 materials fee

Limited to 10 participants

This timeless book structure has been around since the Middle Ages, getting its name from its flexible animal skin covers. Using historic limp bindings as our inspiration, we will make our books using Khadi paper in lieu of vellum, learn how to work traditional end bands, and sew the text block over leather supports. The leather is then laced through the cover, making this is a non-adhesive structure that utilizes many techniques that can be applied to a variety of bindings. Come learn all about this amazingly versatile piece of codex history!

Participants should bring the following tools:

Cutting mat

X-acto knife and blades

Bone folder

Bone scorer (very important!)

Book binding awl

Ruler 12-18″

Graduated metal edges (very important)

Scissors, pencil, eraser


Micro Spatula

Japanese Screw Punch (if you have one)

Dividers (Optional)

Sewing Frame (Optional)

Email instructor with questions or to register.