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Japanese-style Stab Binding with The Handcrafted Hen

Explore four different stab binding techniques from the basic to the more complex.


Book Online | £41.34 per person

Japanese stab binding is a decorative technique where individual sheets of paper are stitched together to create a book. In the western tradition of bookbinding the binding is generally hidden, but in the Eastern Asian tradition stab binding allows the stitch to be on the outside and part of the decoration.

I will demonstrate four different stab binding techniques from basic to the more complicated, and you will get the chance to try out different hole punching tools. I’ll also talk you through some alternative types of paper with a focus on ‘tree-free’ and sustainability, for both inside and outside your books, but if you’d like to bring any photos, poems, drawings, or favourite recipes, please do and we’ll see if they can be incorporated into your book. I’ll bring some handouts and show you how to make your own templates so you can carry on developing your binding skills at home. 

By the end of the workshop you will have the opportunity to create up to 4 A5 booklets, one containing 5 sheets of Khadi cotton rag paper suitable for drawing and watercolour painting.

The size of the final book will be approx. 15cm high and 22cm wide.

Location: Learning Space 1 | Break: 12.30pm-1pm


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