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Vintage Hardback Bookbinding

Tuesday, September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Instructor: Katie Calfee

$40 – $50

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Materials saved from the landfill:
paper, vintage books

Skills you’ll learn:
Bookbinding signature sewing, paper tearing, proper gluing methods

A self-taught bookbinder, Calfee will teach her personal method of upcycling vintage books. This method conserves the detailed embossing and character of hardback books while giving participants a chance to fill them with new interiors using recycled papers. In this class, participants will learn how to carefully extract the original book innards from its cover and replace it with hand sewn signatures. Participants are welcome to use their own vintage books and/or supplement the insides with their own papers, prints, or use the materials provided.

This is an in-person class that will take place at Perennial. You will be assigned your own socially distanced work station, and will be required to wear a mask while you are here. Our full policies can be found here.


Class Policy

Cancellation Policy: Perennial reserves the right to cancel, combine or reschedule classes to adjust for enrollment. If Perennial cancels a class, you may transfer to another class or receive a full refund.

Refund Policy: Notice of withdrawal from a workshop must be made at least 14 days prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given for withdrawals made after that time. No refunds or credits will be given for classes missed due to illness, personal conflict or other reasons. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please e-mail classes@perennialstl.org if you wish to withdraw from a workshop.


Tuesday, September 21 @ 11:00 pm
Wednesday, September 22 @ 2:00 am
$40 – $50
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3762 S. Broadway
Saint Louis, MO 63118 United States


Katie Calfee
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