CANCELED: Limp Vellum Binding

Saturday, May 23, 2020 10:00 am-4:00 pm

This workshop has been canceled. To protect the community, our volunteers and staff, we have decided to temporary close the museum to the public. For current information about how we are monitoring and addressing the situation, we’ve created a page on our website that will be updated regularly:


In this intermediate bookbinding workshop you will learn how to make a sturdy and durable book using a variation of a historical limp vellum binding. Covered in this class are many basics of bookbinding including paper types, folding, paper grain, stitching, as well as important tools such as bone folders, awls, needles, and thread. The book will be sewn on cords and the cover will be mechanically attached to the textblock. We will use Cave flax gelatin-sized paper for making the covers. This knowledge will allow you to create more books on your own. You will leave with a finished limp vellum book.

The structure was historically used as an economical and utilitarian alternative to stiff-board bindings. This style of book makes a great sketchbook, journal or artists’ book. This hands-on class will be supplemented with handouts and examples of artists’ books.

Katya Reka will be the instructor for this class. She is a book and fiber artist, graphic designer and educator. Her work explores handmade and digital integrating book arts, graphic design, printmaking, photography and textiles. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is represented in collections across the United States and Europe. Reka earned Master’s of Fine Art in Graphic Design from Indiana University Bloomington and has taught Graphic Design and Media Arts at the New Mexico State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Currently, she is a visiting Graphic Design faculty at the St. Cloud State University, MN.

The cost is $125 per person with the museum providing tools and all basic materials that are needed. Some bookmaking experience is required. Class starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. Materials and tools will be provided: X-acto knife and blades, rulers, bone folders, thread, needles, paper, book binder’s awl and Cave paper for covers. You may also bring your own tools (bone folders, awls, etc.) or paper for textblock if you choose. Space is limited, so reservations and a $65 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $60 to fulfill the full cost of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop. 

Please complete the registration form below to reserve your place in the workshop. If you have any questions e-mail us at or call (920) 794-6272.

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