Bookbinding Workshop - Buttonhole-stitch binding, Revisited!


Bookbinding Workshop - Buttonhole-stitch binding, Revisited!


Instructor: Bari Zaki

Level: All - No previous experience is needed!

Three-ish hour workshop

Currently offered as Private or Semi-private class.

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In recent months we've discovered some new techniques for making the cover for this style of binding & are excited to share with you these wonderful possibilities!

We begin as we always do in our bookbinding classes; getting acquainted with paper grain, it's integrity for the finished book & a handful of tools you will need for future bookbinding - All of which are included in the cost of this class.

We will fold several full size sheets (22 x 30") of drawing papers into smaller folios to create a nice size book. Then creating a sturdy cover with our latest technique, using decorative Japanese paper, Hand-marbled paper, or a calendar page. Finishing up with an interior pocket/envelope on the front and back covers. - Happiness!

Also, your finished book with have hand-torn, known as deckle-edges, on all three sides of your book - More happiness!

By the end of this class you will have one finished book, and the tools and techniques to make more at home... including our charming illustrated handout with step-by-step instructions drawn by Emmy Kennett; our nimble shop assistant.

This binding style is wonderful to use a sketchbook, photo album, or journal. With the little window on the spine, it is great fun to alternate the colors of the signatures (folios). As well as, to make and give as a gift anytime of the year!

Materials Included:

European mouldmade paper for your book pages.
Decorative papers for your cover
Shipping Clerks Knife
Lightweight Awl
Waxed-linen thread

Our studio is light-filled, airy, & organized, including an extensive library of books about bookbinding, calligraphy, & drawing for your musings.

We look forward to sharing our love of paper and making books with you in this three-hour workshop!

If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me: 
773-294-7766 or

Classes are held at
Bari Zaki Studio  
3858 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60613

If for any reason a class is cancelled, students will be contacted and refunded the full class fee. Cancellations made at least 14 days in advance of the class are eligible for a refund.

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