The BinderyMilwaukee, WI, United States

Handsewn Headbands

By The Bindery (other events)

Tuesday, July 30 2024 6:00 PM 9:00 PM CDT

Let's learn about headbands (and how to make our own)!  In modern, commercial bookbinding, headbands appear at the top and bottom of a book’s page block to provide a subtle touch of decoration. They’re a hint of colorful flash just there for show.

But historically headbands were an essential part of a book’s structure and were handsewn in some elaborate and beautiful ways to enhance the book’s character. Join The Bindery’s Lead Bookbinder, Daniel Ehn, for this intermediate-level class on how to craft sewn silk headbands of your own on two pre-made bookblocks to take home.

*Note: sewing headbands is also covered in this season's Masterclass for students interested in building an entire, cased-in book that includes them.

In our headband class students will:

  • Learn about the historical context of headbands and see examples of different styles in use.
  • Be taught two of the most common and useful headband styles and how to go about sewing them.
  • Be provided with two premade Smyth-sewn book text blocks to work with and practice the styles.
  • Choose from a variety of silk thread colors to customize their headbands

Students will leave the class with a broader understanding of headbands as well as the two small bookblocks they sewed their bands onto (ready to case-in at their home studio--perhaps using skills learned in one of our spring/early summer bookbinding courses!)


Masks are not required at the time of this posting, but are very welcome. This may change by the time of the class, and The Bindery reserves the right to require masks or other safety precautions at any time. Participants will be alerted to any changes prior to the workshop.

*Due to the small nature of classes and the upfront materials costs, The Bindery has a no refunds or exchanges policy. If you cannot make it for some reason, please send a friend in your stead and let us know!

The Bindery

Mailing Address

347 E. Ward Street Milwaukee, WI 53207