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Japanese Stab Stitch Bookbinding

15 Jun 2024 11am-1.30pm

The Bluecoat
Liverpool L1 3BX


Sat 15 Jun, 11am - 1:30pm
Create a set of beautiful hand bound books using 3 traditional Japanese stitching techniques.

Course Location: Bluecoat Intaglio Print Studio

Experience Level: Beginners & people needing a refresher into the process

Duration: The course runs for one day (11:00am – 1:30pm)

'Japanese bookbinding or 'Stab Binding' is an ancient form of bookbinding that is beautiful, easy for beginners and endlessly customisable. The basic Japanese version of stab binding is called Yotsume Toji, which roughly translates to “four holes”. This is because the binding pattern is made using only four holes. There are many other binding patterns that use more holes to create their intricate stitched designs.'

Japanese binding uses thin, loose leaf paper to create a book. It's perfect for any paper or crafting offcuts and the finished books make beautiful gifts.

In this short and informative workshop, you will learn all about Japanese bookbinding. Japanese bookbinding utilises beautiful, external stitching and thin handmade paper and covers. You’ll learn all about the materials used in Japanese bookbinding. You’ll learn different ways of stitch binding your books, paper folding and tearing and creating concertina pages for your book. We will teach 3 beginner Japanese stab bindings - The 4 Hole, Noble and Tortoiseshell stitches. You’ll end the session with at least 3 handmade, hand bound books to take home with you.

What’s Included?

All materials you will use are included in the cost of the course, but you are welcome to bring along your own if you choose. Our studios are environmentally friendly where possible and use greener methods of screen printing, such as water-based acrylic inks. Completing this course will act as an Induction to book into our Screen Printing Studio should you wish to.

Do I need to prepare anything beforehand?

Feel free to bring paper, drawings, printed photos or anything you’d like to include as pages in your books.

Tickets: £30

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Tickets: £80

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