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The Decorative Stitch: the Long, the Link, and Everything In Between


  • Covell Studio 8680 Washington Avenue La Mesa, CA, 91942 United States (map)

2-Day Workshop by Anne Covell
Level: Intermediate

Member-Early Enrollment: $184
Member Fee: $230
Non-Member Fee: $305
Materials Fee: $30

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This elegant binding style uses heavy weight flax (case paper) to create a natural, flexible book. Sewing is exposed, or visible, on the spine edge and requires no adhesive. By manipulating the number of sections in a book and the type of stitch, whether long or link, endless designs are possible. In this workshop, students will have the opportunity to create two unique exposed spine bindings of their own design. We’ll begin by mapping our designs on graph paper and then learn to transfer them to the book itself through deliberate punching and sewing. Additionally, we’ll discuss how buttons and closures can be worked into the design, as well as different styles of cases and wrappers.

Anne Covell, a book artist and papermaker, received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She has studied Asian and Western papermaking techniques and has taught courses in bookbinding, papermaking, and natural dyeing for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the University of Georgia study-abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. She resides in San Diego, California where she is building a Japanese papermaking studio and investigating Asian papermaking and cover-making techniques. http://www.annecovell.com/