Link Stitch Binding: The Perfect Circle online workshop

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$ 140.00

July 17th, 2021 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Lucia Farias
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: July 17th, 2021 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: July 24th, 2021 12:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: Online

This is a two session online workshop.

This structure was commonly used for account books around the 13th Century. A vellum wrapper was used for the cover with a leather supported spine piece that was usually blind-tooled. The signatures are sewn directly to the spine with the link stitch, creating a chain-like pattern that brings the decorative element to the book.

In this workshop students will learn the fundamentals of link stitching and the secret to making a perfect circle. We will be using vellum for our class model, but a wide range of materials can be used for this structure: leather, laminated Tyvek® or anything flexible works great. Students are expected to come away with a finished book and have acquired the skills to develop their own patterns in the future.

This is an intermediate level course. Students should have some bookbinding, particularly sewing, experience.

The class fee includes a mailed kit containing text paper, vellum, leather, waxed linen thread and a few templates/jigs. Due to issues with international shipping, this class is limited to US students.

Materials to Bring:  

  • Mailed kit from SFCB, contents described above
  • PVA
  • Small glue brush
  • Bone or Teflon folder
  • Paper awl
  • Japanese screw punch with a 1mm bit
  • 5 bookbinding needles - if you have trouble threading needles choose ones with larger eyes - the thread is on the heavier side
  • 1 curved needle
  • Metal ruler
  • Olfa or other craft knife
  • Compass or circle template
  • Dividers
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat


  • Punching cradle (if you have one)
  • Needle threader (if you think you’ll need one)

(Bookbinding tool rolls are available on the SFCB website)

Workshop Fee: $140
Tuition assistance is available; please apply here.

Date & Time: 2 Saturdays :: July 17 & 24, 2021 :: 10-12pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

SFCB online workshops are recorded; all registered students will have access to the videos for a limited time.

Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class.


About the Instructor | Lucia Farias

Lucia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Universidad de Monterrey and graduated in 2006 from the MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She taught bookbinding at her former university for over 10 years and has taught workshops for San Diego Book Arts, Philadelphia Center for the Book, International Printing Museum in Carson, CA as well as locally in museums and art centers. She started her bindery in 2008 and for the past two years she has been dedicating full time to Oveja Verde in her hometown of Monterrey, Mexico where she also teaches workshops. 



$ 140.00
Online via Zoom
United States