The Sewn Journal Sketchbook
Taught by Stephanie Wolff

*Virtual Workshop*

A sewn journal sketchbook is the ideal introduction to traditional bindings. This book structure is lightweight and durable, and perfect for a journal or sketchbook. Throughout this virtual workshop you will learn how to make a multi-signature book, sewing in a traditional manner, with a textblock of paper suitable for both wet and dry media. It will be bound with a semi-rigid wrapper cover. Materials, simple variations, and ideas for use will be covered, including how to accommodate collage and other dimensional items attached to pages.

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DATE Tues, May 11th

TIME 5:00 pm–8:00 pm EST

COST $65


Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, with projects that explore themes of weather, history, and rural life, among other topics. She has been awarded fellowship/residencies, including from the American Antiquarian Society and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Her artist books are held in public and private collections and been exhibited in the United States and Germany. As a longtime teacher of book arts, she enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts.


Supply List 

Students are responsible for the following supplies 

  • Paper for Text block: 2 sheets Strathmore 500 series Mixed Media Paper, 90 lb/190 gsm, 22 x 30 inches (a 4-pack from Dick Blick is item 10264-1002, but can purchase in single sheets as well, item 10264-1001)

  • Material for the Spine liner: 

    • A small square piece (6” x 6”) of thin to medium weight Asian or Japanese paper, OR if you don’t have any Asian paper, a piece of thin white muslin or similar cloth will do (6” x 2” strip)

      • if you have neither, you can use a piece of thin copy paper, 8.5 x 11.

  • Paper for Wrapper cover and inserts:

    • 1 sheet Strathmore 400 series Watercolor paper 140lb/300gsm, 22 x 30 inches 

  • Thread: 4-6 feet of #18 (18/3) linen bookbinding thread (unwaxed preferred) OR standard sturdy button and carpet thread OR #5 perle cotton if you can’t find something else.

  • Glue: PVA bookbinding glue, like Jade 403 or other glue for bookbinding OR Sobo craft glue (glue needs to remain flexible when dry) *small amount needed, much less than a Dixie cup!

  • Tools

    • Double-sided tape (any kind, such as 1/2” 3M brand #415), need about 5-6 feet OR glue stick

    • A chunk of beeswax or paraffin to wax the thread (if available)

    • Bookbinding sewing needle (with eye big enough for thread, but not much larger than needle shaft)

    • Scissors

    • Bone folder (or another tool to score a line in paper before folding)

    • Ruler, 12” (longer one might be useful also)

    • 2 Binder’s clips (like the small-medium size ones from the office supply store)

    • Piercing tool or awl or sewing needle

    • Glue brush (1/4” wide best)

    • Paper knife (optional, for helping to tear down paper)

    • Pencil

    • Scrap paper

Materials with an asterisk (*) next to them are sold in our store.