Caterpillar Stitch Binding

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$ 175.00

August 16th, 2015 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Rhiannon Alpers
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: August 16th, 2015 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 16th, 2015 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Create two different softcover wraparound books with two lines of caterpillar stitches running around the cover to hold in the text block. This binding focuses attention on the beauty of the caterpillar wrap stitch and caterpillar braid stitch. Unlike most caterpillar bindings, the signatures in this structure are bound with the stitch through the cover on the spine. Using handmade paper and leather for this binding gives it a natural look and draws attention to the uniqueness the structure and it’s materials. Students will also see samples of artists’ books created using this binding style. Prerequisite: some bookbinding experience.

Materials*: bone folder, 12” metal ruler with the 0’ at the edge, small 3” metal triangle, ½” round brush for paste, mechanical pencil, snap blade or xacto knife, sharp scissors.

* All of these materials are available for your use at SFCB but feel free to bring your own if you would like.

Workshop + Materials Fee:  $175

Date & Time: Sunday, August 16, 2015 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Rhiannon Alpers

Rhiannon Alpers, has an MFA in Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Book Arts from UCSB. She has taught college courses at Academy of Art University, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, Columbia College Chicago, Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has taught workshops Contemporary Jewish Musuem, Kala Printmaking Institute, Filoli Gardens Estate, Center for Book and Paper in Chicago, Paper Source stores in Chicago and San Francisco, and at her own studio in the Mission District. She is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist.

Past Student Reviews:

“Rhiannon is very enthusiastic, charming, and helpful”

“I think Rhiannon is one of the best teachers here! I would recommend her class to anyone”

“Rhiannon was very helpful and terrific at answering questions”


$ 175.00