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Program name: DIY Stitched Binding: Hard & Soft Covers
Program category: History
Multicultural- Other
Visual Arts- Crafts
Program length: 3 hrs
Audience level: Adult
Audience size: 20 max, 10-15 ideal
Program description: Learn the history and styles of traditional Chinese bookbinding, also called stab or stitched binding, Choose to bind your book in the original Korean, Chinese, or Japanese style using traditional papers and materials, and how to adapt this ancient art to creative, modern styles. The class is taught in steps, with the teacher displaying and explaining the step for the class and answering questions, and then breaking out into "Do-It-Yourself (DIY)" times when the attendees perform the step on their own. During the DIY times, the teacher takes questions and helps anyone who needs individual help. Handouts explaining each step (with diagrams) are included for the attendees to reference throughout the program and take home. This program is taught by a professional book artist versed in both traditional and modern styles of bookbinding and book preservation. Students also benefit from the opportunity to work with traditional, handmade papers from Asia- in modern and traditional colors and patterns.
Space/special requirements: A room for the program, and tables and chairs for the students with a table up front for the teacher (standing/bar height if possible)
Travel restrictions: See 'additional information about fees'
Program fee: $351- $500
Is this fee negotiable? Yes
Mileage included? Yes
Notes about the fee: Workshop costs are calculated based on the binding materials needed, (imported paper, thread, etc.), equipment and tool upkeep, workshop handouts, reasonable travel time (see below), and an hourly rate for teaching the workshop, among other variables. Some workshops require more expensive materials, such as leather, artist papers, or specialized tools, which dictates varying price points for similar length workshops. This workshop uses special materials for hardcover books, and special imported papers from Asia that are strong enough for this binding style. Locations within a 15 mile radius of Amityville, NY, have travel time included in the workshop price. Distances greater than 15 miles will have a dollar added per each additional mile, roundtrip. For example, if a location is 20 miles from Amityville, there will be an additional $10 travel fee added to the workshop total for the extra 5 miles to and from the location.
Other notes: This workshop is good for older teens as well, usually 16+. Also a great program as a draw for college students and new millennials.
Regions this program
can be performed in:
Long Island
Program last updated: 07/11/2017
Performer Information (see all of this performer's programs)
Performer name: Arielle Hessler
Phone: 6312910912
Mailing address:
Amityville, NY 11701
E-mail address:
Previous appearances at: Stony Brook University Libraries Preservation Department, Presentation sponsored by LILRC Preservation Committee
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Performer information last updated: 07/23/2018


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