Bookbinding 201: Hard Cover Stab Binding

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Event Overview

The Japanese stab binding is a durable book structure best known for its decorative hand-sewn spine.

This style of binding can accommodate signatures or loose sheets of paper, making it a great book structure for artists and printmakers. In this one-day workshop, each student will get to design their own 5” x 9” book using folded signatures, natural or dyed waxed thread, and their choice of decorative paper or book cloth. Students will take measurements, create holes through the spine using an awl or a drill, and finally sew the book together with the decorative “Asa-No Ha Toji” or “Hemp Leaf” pattern.

This classic style of bookbinding is great for both beginning and intermediate students, and will provide practice using bone folders, PVA glue, curved and straight sewing needles, waxed thread and book board. Students will need to provide one large sheets of decorative paper or book cloth for the covers of their book.

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All ages welcome

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Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.

Her work is included in several private and public collections including the Special Collections at Olin Library at Washington University, the University of Milwaukee- Wisconsin, the SGCI archive, and the RISD Museum. She is the recipient of the 2009 Belle Cramer Award in Printmaking, the 2010 Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Award for Excellence in Book Design, and the 2010-2011 Lawrence Arts Center Printmaking Residency in Lawrence, KS.

Nicolette currently resides in Chicago, Illinois as an exhibiting artist and arts educator for local establishments including Spudnik Press, Fugscreens Studios, and One Strange Bird.

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