The Secret Belgian Binding Workshop

Saturday, September 14, 2019 10 am - 5 pm

This workshop is now FULL!

Make an elegant sketchbook with stamped covers.

In this introduction to bookmaking workshop you will learn how to make a hardcover book using the Secret Belgian Binding. Covered in this class are many basics of bookbinding including paper types, folding, paper grain, stitching, as well as important tool such as bone folders, awls, needles, and thread. This knowledge will allow you to create more books on your own. You will learn how to sew a text block and how to embellish the covers using handmade stamps. You will leave with a finished Secret Belgian bound book.


This book style is a glueless binding that lies flat when open. The structure was created by Anne Goy to look like a Japanese stab binding, but open completely flat. 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. These will allow us to discuss and explore the possibilities of each form, including content and structural elements.

Katya Reka  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 $100 per person with the museum providing tools and basic materials. Materials and tools will be provided: X-acto knife and blades, rulers, bone folders, thread, needles, paper, book binder’s awl, simple linoleum cutter tool, book board and PVA glue. You may also bring your own tools (bone folders, awls, etc.) if you choose. No previous bookmaking experience necessary, and you do not need to have a specific project in mind. This workshop runs from 9 am until 5 pm. Space is limited, so reservations and a $65 non-refundable deposit are required. The $35 balance is due at the beginning of the workshop. Cash, credit cards and checks are acceptable.

Because of the nature of the studio and the pieces being used, participants in the workshop must be 18 years or older. 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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