Traditional Japanese Bookbinding

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What’s it all about?

Discover this stylish Japanese binding technique and create a set of two Oriental bound books as you learn how to make a hemp stitch book and Japanese stab stitch book. We will also learn about paper, the history of Oriental bookmaking, and the different stitching patterns used in Oriental books.

What will we cover?

We will learn some of the different traditional stitches, including stab binding, hemp leaf binding and simple Japanese binding, to create a beautiful set of two books. These hand-sewn, soft and hard cover albums make a gorgeous gift and are ideal for Japanese-style photo albums or just your writing and doodles.

If you have ever had an interest in traditional bookmaking methods, paper craft, graphic design or handmade products and crafts then this is for you!

Who will be teaching?

Michelle LackenbyMichelle Lackenby is qualified in Graphic Reproduction and Graphic Design with over 17 years of industry experience. She has worked in busy graphic design studios, ad agencies, and printing companies, but now teaches creative subjects in Advertising and Photography.

Her love of design and paper has led her to start her own business and she is a co-founder of – founded by two girls with a mutual love of paper and craft over a platter of cheese (another mutual love of theirs).