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SUTRA global imports brings the beauty of handmade South Asia to the Midwest in a curated fairtrade collection  artfully staged in a renovated century barn in Dakota, Minnesota and through online sales. We also host workshops and talks in our space and Kim Hammer leads tours to India and Bali.

book + binding | the sewn board book


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book + binding | the sewn board book

Create an exquisite treasure to hold in your hands, to record the days of your life. Use your new skills to make more books for yourself and for gifts. Finally a sewn board book is a way to use your stash of fabric and paper!

If you are new to bookbinding, the sewn boards book is a good place to start. It is relatively easy and requires no special tools. If you are an experienced bookbinder, this binding is an elegant structure to add to your repertoire.

The boards or covers of the sewn-boards binding are sewn into place (rather than being glued or laced as in other bindings) at the same time that you are sewing the text pages. The boards are the exact same size as the text.

The spine of the book is covered in cloth and the boards are covered in a coordinating decorated paper. Because the covering materials are glued only at the edges, the book has a pleasant pillow-like feel in the hand.

The Workshop fee is $40, payable at the time of registration; a $10 materials fee is payable directly to the workshop teacher.

INSTRUCTOR BIO:  Jill Krase is a private practice bookbinder at Ovenbird Bindery in Winona where she offers a wide range of handmade books and bookbinding services. She makes limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist books as well as a variety of fine custom products for clients and for retail sale. Jill also binds small editions for individuals self-publishing, repairs and restores books, and teaches others how to make books through private and group workshops. Visit to learn more.