Bookbinding 201: The Longstitch
Arts & DIY
The longstitch bound book is characterized by its classic style and its ability to employ a range of visually dynamic sewing structures. A combination of long straight stitches and braided link stitches adorn the spine of the book, which can be made of leather, fabric, or paper.
Students will become familiar with bookbinding tools, materials, and terminology, as well as sewing techniques that will allow the student to complete a longstitch bound book from start-to-ﬁnish.
Bookbinding 201 workshops are great way for students with bookbinding experience to refresh or hone skills and a great taste of what bookbinding offers for beginning students. All supplies, including felt for the cover will be provided, however, students have the option to bring a 12″x18″ piece of leather or faux leather for their book cover.
Nicolette Ross holds a BFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Central Florida, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.
Her work is included in several private and public collections including the Special Collections at Olin Library at Washington University, the University of Milwaukee- Wisconsin, the SGCI archive, and the RISD Museum. She is the recipient of the 2009 Belle Cramer Award in Printmaking, the 2010 Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Award for Excellence in Book Design, and the 2010-2011 Lawrence Arts Center Printmaking Residency in Lawrence, KS.
Nicolette currently resides in Chicago, Illinois as an exhibiting artist and arts educator for local establishments including Spudnik Press, Fugscreens Studios, and One Strange Bird.