Stab Binding: 3 Variations Workshop with Pamela MacKellar

Presented by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group
Saturday, June 17, 2023, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Online via Zoom
$49 for BAG members; you must be a member to participate
Maximum of 12 students

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The Stab Binding is a simple, non-adhesive, side-stitched binding that was practiced in China, Japan, and Korea. The binder stabs holes along the spine edge through the entire book block in a straight line or in a more complex pattern to create a decorative stitch that is visible on the outside covers. We will make 3 variations (4-hole, Noble, and Tortoise Shell) incorporating single sheets, folded sheets, soft cover, wraparound cover, and hinged hard cover.

This class is designed for beginners; however, experienced book artists are welcome.

Students will provide their own supplies, materials, and tools. BAG will send the supply list and Zoom link to registrants prior to class.


  • Brief history of Stab Bindings
  • How they are constructed
  • Examples and resources
  • Squaring the block
  • Stabbing the holes
  • Gluing/covering boards
  • Hinged hard cover
  • Sewing variations
  • Following patterns
  • Questions and sharing

Questions? Email Pam at