2023WKSP-02 Long & Link Stitch bindings - Online

  • 11 Feb 2023
  • 1:00 PM
  • 12 Feb 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 0


Registration is closed

Online Workshop: Long & Link Stitch Bindings with Andrew Huot

In this virtual workshop, students will learn to make a long stitch and a link stitch binding. These books were common from the 13th to the 16th century century as simple bindings for scholars and to assemble hand scribed books.

The sections of the book are connected directly to the covering material, showing off the structure of the sewing while attaching the pages to the cover. One structure will be built each day.

These books are quick bindings that are sturdy and encourage decorative experimentation both in spine and covers – a great way to dig in your stash of decorative paper for the one that deserves a special use!

Andrew Huot is a book artist, bookbinder, printer, and conservator in Scarborough, ON, where he operates Big River Bindery, a studio for bookmaking, letterpress printing, and book conservation. He holds a Masters in Book Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a BS in Printmaking from Portland State University.

His artists’ books use photographs, linoleum cuts, and text to share the humorous side of everyday life around us. His artists’ books are in collections across the country, from the Art Institute of Chicago to Yale University. Andrew teaches online and in his own studio, taught at the University of Illinois School of Information Science and workshops across the US and in Canada at CBBAG, the John C Campbell Folk School, Book Arts LA, the International Preservation Studies Center, and the Guild of Book Workers, among others. His website is



Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Date: Sat-Sun, Feb 11-12, 2023

Hours: 1 pm – 4 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

Course fee: $210 members / $270 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: none

Registration closes: Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023, 11:59 PM

Maximum registration: 16

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded and available for the registrants to view until May 13, 2023.

Tools Required:

  • Bone Folder
  • Awl
  •  Scalpel
  • Cutting Mat
  • Scissors
  •  Sewing Needle
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glue Stick
  • Scrap of corrugated cardboard

Tools Optional:

  • Japanese Screw Punch
  •  Awl with a thick shaft

Materials Required:

Unless noted, all materials are grain direction parallel to the spine. Dimensions below are (height) x (width).

  • Text weight paper (mohawk superfine or similar) 7” x 10” (17.78 cm x 25.4 cm) grain short
  • Cover weight paper (Handmade flax or linen paper or cover weight paper) 7” x 15” (17.78 cm x 38.1 cm) grain short
  • Reinforcement material such as Tyvek, heavy handmade paper, parchment, leather, or wood veneer to the width and height of spine of book, about 7” x 2” (17.78 cm x 5.08 cm)
  • 8/3 linen thread - unwaxed

Online Workshop Process:

Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop to the specifications which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please review the technical requirements below prior to registration to be sure you can participate. Questions should be directed to workshop@cbbag.ca

Technical requirements for participation:

  • Access to the internet and to the Zoom application
  • Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)
  • Microphone or Headset / Webcam
  • How to join a zoom meeting information https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193

Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded. Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

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