Bookmaking Workshop: Japanese Side Stitch Binding(Online)

Japanese side stitch binding (also called stab binding) is a non-adhesive binding technique that includes many variations. Because the stitching is done on the outside of the book, the beauty of your work shows! This class will go over a brief history of Japanese side stitch, take a look at how artists have used this form in their work, and go through the steps to make one blank book together using this binding technique. / Open to students ages 16 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will be synchronous, meaning students will meet together online. The class meeting will be conducted via Google Meet and include lecture, demonstrations, work time, and time to ask questions and get feedback on work.  

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies for the first day: Pen or pencil, notebook or sketchbook; at least 10 sheets of blank paper for book pages (the instructor will be using white copy paper, however, an alternative can be found on attached supply list); thicker colorful paper for covers; waxed thread; awl; binders needles; Xacto knife; ruler. Please see the supply list for more details. Supplies will cost approximately $40.

You might also like the courses Bookmaking Workshop: Coptic Stitch Binding and Bookmaking Workshop: Single Signature Binding with a Hard Cover.

Register Before: June 11
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Register for all three Bookmaking Workshops for $90.

Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSFA 1707 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Date End: 
Thursday, June 17, 2021
6:30–9:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 16 and above.
Days of Week: 
Print, Paper, Bookmaking
Online Classes