A Virtual Workshop with Guest Artist!


The Crisscross Binding (formerly known as the Secret Belgian Binding) is a simple and elegant structure to add to any binder's repertoire. In this structure, the secret lies in how the cover is attached to the text block—in this version it is woven in after the text block is sewn. This binding also has the added benefit of being able to lie flat, which makes it an ideal structure for a journal or sketchbook. Students in this workshop can expect to learn text block preparation and sewing, cover weaving, and secondary sewing and will leave the lesson with a completed and visually unique book. No previous binding experience necessary, though some sewing experience is helpful.


Students in this class will be provided with a descriptive handout and materials list in advance of the class to allow students to prepare ahead and bind along with the instructor during the demonstration.


This is an online class. Information about participating by zoom will be sent to all participants in advance. We encourage you to enroll early so you can gather the materials and supplies and work along during the class.


All levels welcome - some sewing experience is helpful, but not required.


Registration closes March 3, 2021 to allow time for students to purchase their materials. With your registration you'll receive the full materials list (with helpful links) to purchase your items, any helpful handouts about the process, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.


PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.

Crisscross Binding Online; Mar 13-14; 10am–12pm

    • Date & Time: 2-day workshop: Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, 10am-12pm EST via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
    • Instructor: Anne Covell
      Anne Covell is a book artist and hand papermaker living in San Diego, CA. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she was the recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques with Timothy Barrett, and has taught for numerous professional organizations including the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Penland School of Crafts, and the University of Georgia study abroad program in Cortona, Italy, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in a growing list of private collections, special collections libraries, and museums worldwide.
    • Materials: At registration, students will receive the descriptive handout and materials list (including cutting specifications) to purchase supplies. The list includes:
      - Text weight paper (examples: standard printer paper, Mohawk Superfine, Lettra, Arches Text Wove, or Rives Lightweight)
      - Cover board (binder's board, gray board, museum board, or even the stiff back of a sketchbook pad)
      - Decorative paper cut to use as cover papers, spine cover paper, and to use as paste downs on inside covers
      - 1 spool of lightweight natural/white linen or cotton thread (#18, 25, or 30) to use for the inner binding
      - 1 spool of #18 colored bookbinding thread
      - Several sheets of newsprint/waste paper
      - Several sheets of wax paper
      - X-acto or Olfa snap blade with a fresh blade
      - Bonefolder
      - Awl
      - Small glue pot with PVA or 1:1 PVA: Methyl Cellulose blend
      - Glue brush
      - Ruler or triangle
      - Scissors
      - Pencil
      - Beeswax (if thread is unwaxed)
      - Needle (blunt tipped or tapestry with small eye)
      - Cutting mat

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HOURS (Starting July 1, 2020):

Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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