Saturday, January 27, 2024, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Join CBBAG-OV for this one-day workshop, which will introduce participants to the delightful Star Book. At first the book looks like a simple exposed-spine structure with a ribbon tie at the fore-edge; but, undo the tie and watch as the book dramatically transforms into a 3-dimensional star!

This structure has a definite “wow” factor! Over the course of the day, participants will learn how to sew the castellated stitch; how to embed ribbon ties; and how to neatly cover book boards. Additionally, participants will be shown alternative ways that Star Books can be altered in order to change the appearance and the utility.

Prerequisite: BB1 is suggested, but not required.

MATERIALS FEE (paid to instructor at workshop): $30.00

Location: Book Arts Lab, MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6

Workshop Costs (Student Members): $65.00

Workshop Costs (Members): $75.00

Workshop Costs (Non-Members): $85.00 


Registration Deadline: 20 January 2024, 10 a.m.

Instructor Bio: Over the course of her 35-year career, Barbara Helander has earned two degrees (B.Ed., M.Sc. – Clothing & Textiles); worked in apparel manufacturing; and was a professor of textiles at Seneca College in Toronto, ON. Barbara worked her way through the CBBAG core curriculum courses and earned her Certificate of Completion in 2010. She is a core curriculum instructor for CBBAG and a mentor for the Home Study program. Recently, Barbara has been part of the team that transformed Bookbinding 1 for virtual learning. Her website can be found at

Other information

  • A minimum of 6 participants are required for this workshop to run.
  • In the case of inclement weather preventing travel, the workshop will be postponed to Saturday, Feb 3rd.
  • Workshop and Refund policy – please see:
  • Dining/Food: The nearest campus dining options may be closed on weekends. For up to date hours and locations see: Please bring your own food or refreshments if required.
  • For any other queries, please contact

Getting to Carleton University Library

Bus and Train –

Cycling – Carleton University is situated near several cycle paths including the Rideau Eastern Canal Pathway. See the OttawaVeloOutaouais blog for examples bike routes – Bike racks are available in several areas of the campus. Bicycles are not permitted inside the library.

Parking – The parking lot P1 is the closest to the library. Note that there is a 4-hour maximum for parking in P1. For locations of other lots and parking information see