Korean Bookmaking with Steph Rue

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What will you learn?

In this introductory workshop, students will learn about the history, techniques, tools, and materials of Korean bookbinding.
We will prepare text blocks by binding folded sheets together with paper cords to create an inner binding, and then sew covers to the text blocks to make a five-hole side-stitch book.

What is the duration of the class? 
This class is one 2.5 hour-long session

Session 1: Sunday Sep 26, 10am-12:30pm PST (California) | 7–9:30 pm CEST (Sweden)

Instructor: Steph Rue

Note: This class will be recorded and the recording will be available to participants for three weeks after the class.
After this, the recording will be made available for purchase via this website.

What materials do I need to participate?

After you register, you will receive a complete materials list (along with links) to gather what you need so that you may be able to follow along in class. 

You have the option of purchasing a materials kit that will be mailed to you (see below). The material kit is available to US-based participants only.
If you choose not to purchase the kit, you will need to gather these materials on your own in order to follow along in class.


What is in the $40 materials kit? (includes shipping) :

  • textblock paper (hanji)

  • lined cover paper (hanji)

  • hanji strips for paper cord + title strip

  • red cotton thread

  • Fabric scraps for corners

  • wheat starch + instructions to make paste


What do I need to provide on my own? :

  • Needle with large eye (like this)

  • cutting mat

  • pencil

  • x-acto knife + extra blades

  • 12” ruler

  • Square ruler (like this or this or this)

  • awl

  • bone/teflon folder

  • glue stick

  • scissors

  • mallet/hammer

  • scrap board (to protect table surface during hammering)

  • 2 small binder clips

  • OPTIONAL: Large smooth stone for burnishing (can find outside in nature…)

  • OPTIONAL: beeswax like this

What is the fee and class size?

The fee for this workshop is $90. This does not include the $40 optional material kit, which can be purchased separately. 
For future workshops we hope to provide scholarships for BIPOC; if you are interested in contributing toward this effort please get in touch.

BIPOC Application Period: May 13–21 (winners notified Sat May 22). Fill out the Application Form.
General Registration Opens: Sunday May 23, 9am PST

Space is limited to 10 participants of which 3 spots are reserved for self-identified people of color.

Please note that this class is open to US-based participants only.


SOLD OUT! Join the waiting list.
A recording of this class will be available for purchase one month after the class date. In addition, an extended version of this class will be offered again next year. Sign up for my
mailing list to stay up to date on classes.