The Layered Accordion Book – Online - 2024WKSP-04-23

  • 23 Apr 2024
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom
  • 4


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ONLINE: The Layered Accordion Book with Stephanie Wolff

This structure combines accordions sewn together in multiple layers. It can be displayed as a long accordion, or the front and back covers can be positioned back-to-back to create a carousel shape.

Windows can be cut to reveal a story or scene (similar to a tunnel book). Alternatively, the entire book can be treated as a single sculptural object with layers of a less organized design. We will create a basic model in the workshop with page spreads for five panels and cut-out windows.

Come with a very simple idea for five scenes or focus on the structure and play with content later. We will fold accordions, sew them together, and use a simple cover method for our models. Ideas to vary the structure and upgrade the details will be addressed for use on future projects.

Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, often on themes of weather, science, history, and rural life. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Germany and is in many collections, public and private. She has been awarded a creative research fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Stephanie’s years as a book conservator provided her with knowledge in the history, construction, and repair of a wide range of library materials. She enjoys teaching to share her knowledge from bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. @stephaniewolffstudio or   

Location: ONLINE using Zoom
Dates: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Hours: 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (EASTERN TIME)
Course fee: $100 members / $160 non-members
Prerequisite: none
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Registration closes April 17, 2024, 11:59 PM EST

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded, and links will be made available for the registrants to view until available until May 25, 2024.

Materials Required:

Grain direction should be parallel to the height. All these papers should be the same weight, an 80 lb text (120 gsm) is ideal. Thinner papers will be more difficult to use. And cover weight will be harder to work with, though 65 card or cover stock (176 gsm) should be fine.

3 sheets text weight paper - front piece - 3” high x 9.5” wide (7.62 x 24.13 cm)
3 sheets text weight paper - middle piece - 3” high x 10.5” wide (7.62 x 26.67 cm)
3 sheets text weight paper - back piece - 3” high x 12.5” wide (7.62 x 31.75 cm)

Our pages will become our covers in this model, and we’ll discuss various other cover options. If there’s time, we will make a wrapper.

1 sheet cardstock (65 / 176 gsm or 80 lb / 225 gsm) cut to 3” high x 8.5” wide (7.62 x 21.59 cm)


24” (60.96 cm) of thin string, cord, or ribbon are possibilities for a closure for the model, such as linen bookbinding thread, or ribbon that is less than or about 1/8” wide.
Sewing thread:
4-6’ (122-183 cm) of linen bookbinding thread (#18, 25, or 30, unwaxed best), button and carpet thread, or perle cotton

Tools Required:

  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Binder’s clips, 2
  • Metal ruler, 12”
  • X-acto knife, or similar craft knife and extra blades
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Glue stick
  • Piercing tool or awl
  • Right triangle
  • Sewing needle with eye to fit thread
  • Gridded C-Thru or clear ruler, 2” x 12” (optional but helpful)
  • Drawing materials (pens, coloured pencils, markers) and collage papers (to add content if desired)
  • Scrap paper for gluing
  • Any other tools you like to use

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

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

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.

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