East Asian Stab Bindings

with Rachel Payne
Saturdays: April 27 & May 4; 1–4pm CT

Stab bindings feature single sheets bound with decorative, exposed sewing at the spine. Often referred to as Japanese, the stab binding was developed in many East Asian countries including Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam—in Southeast Asia. The earliest known stab bindings date back to at least the 15th century—the Ming dynasty in China and the Sengoku period in Japan—and are still made today. We will briefly discuss the history of these bindings as well as the materials involved: mulberry paper, thread, needle, and awl. Learn several traditional patterns and one or two nontraditional patterns including “ledger,” “four eyes,” “noble,” “tortoise,” and more if time allows. Through step-by-step demonstration and visual handouts, we’ll walk through each sewing pattern as a group with the instructor providing individual support as needed. 

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category A, B, or D

$147/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee
$74 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $25 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Please note: Registration closes 4/22 at midnight (CT).