#217, Book Arts with Catherine Kumlin

#217, Book Arts with Catherine Kumlin

May 5, Sat
10 am – 2 pm

Beginning Book Binding: Exploring the Japanese Ledger Book


The Japanese Ledger Book is a fairly easy book to put together. Once the design is understood, the size can be adjusted to personal preferences. Students will work with basic bookbinding skills: measuring, cutting and gluing of paper. We will learn to do corners and perform some easy sewing to bind this book.

Catherine will discuss the grain of paper and the use of various glue types. Paper for the text and cover will be provided as well as needle and thread.

During this one-day workshop, students will craft their own Japanese Ledger Book similar to the example shown. Catherine will guide us through adhering paper to the book chipboard, arranging the paper and binding the book together using traditional hand book-binding means.

Her instruction will be informed by recent travels to Japan where books have a different form factor than in the US. Students can expect to leave the class with a functional and beautiful book that can be used as a container for drawing and text.

About Catherine Kumlin:
Catherine started learning bookbinding from Patty Grass in 1991.  She was treasurer of the Oregon Book Arts Group and the workshop coordinator for the OBAG Focus Conferences.  She has studied with Tim Ely and hosted a bone folder making workshop with Jim Croft. She worked at McClain’s Printmaking Supplies, where she learned to feel the difference between the top and bottom of a sheet of Japanese paper. Today she has a studio for paper arts and one for oil painting.Supplies for Workshop:

Catherine will provide paper for the book’s pages and cover.  She will also supply the binding thread.

Student Supply List:
Snap off blade utility knife
Bone folder
Ruler 18” to 24”
Sad iron weight or something similar (a brick wrapped in brown paper)
Small rag/washcloth
Cutting mat
Notebook to record the steps in the process so students can make books in the future.



136 SE 3rd Avenue, Hillsboro, Oregon, 97123

  • Book Arts, Kumlin
    May 5, 2018
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm