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Bookmaking for Beginners: The Long (Stitch) and Short of It with Alicia Bailey

Alicia Bailey

Friday & Saturday, August 12 & 13 | 5:30-8:30pm Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday | $210 tuition & materials Students must also purchase some required materials on their own. The long stitch method of book binding is a non-adhesive codex book structure dating back to the 13th century. This type of binding is sewn or tacked to its cover with long stitches, which appear on the outside of the spine. The long-stitch provides a great overview of basic binding tools, materials and techniques, yet requires only minimal space and equipment. In this workshop, students will make two long-stitch books, including paste paper and cloth covers. Students will first create their own long stitch with a wrap-around canvas cloth cover and stiff spine, and then a second, heavyweight paper cover book, done in the buttonhole style. The course fee includes all materials but participants will need to bring a basic book arts tool kit (see required materials list). WILKINSON LIBRARY BOOK SHOW: Thursday, August 11 from 2pm – 4pm. Lodging packages are available! To inquire about lodging options, please contact Kathleen Cole at 970.728.3886 or