Stub Bindings online workshop

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$ 150.00

August 15th, 2021 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Kathy Abbott
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Wait-list
  • Workshop Start: August 15th, 2021 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: August 22nd, 2021 1:00 PM
  • Sessions: 2
  • In-person or Online?: Online

This is a two session online workshop, Sundays August 15 & 22.

In bookbinding, a stub is a narrow folded piece of paper to which book sections can be sewn, rather than sewing the sections directly to one another. While not necessary or desirable for all books, they are an excellent solution for a variety of problems.

Stub bindings are the perfect solution to binding books which are printed in the wrong grain direction, books with overly thick sections, or books with illustrations that cross the gutter. The stubs allow each section to open freely and perfectly flat, also ensuring that no adhesive touches the actual book-block.

Once you learn how to prepare and make stubs, you can choose to bind your book in any way you please: fine binding, case binding, artists books; the choice is yours!

This workshop will focus on the process of planning, making, and sewing onto both standard and concertina stubs. Students will complete the course with an understanding of when and why to use these techniques and two sewn, unbound models for future reference. Students will not bind the textblocks as part of this workshop.

The class fee includes a mailed materials kit containing enough text and stub paper, thread, and tapes to make two models. International students, please email before enrolling to discuss additional shipping costs.

Materials to Bring: 

  • A fine-pointed bone folder (not teflon)
  • A pair of spring-loaded dividers (for example)
  • 300mm/12” steel ruler
  • A brass block or ‘L’ square (engineer’s square)
  • Scalpel with (sharp)10A blade or an Exacto knife plus spare blades
  • A self-healing cutting mat
  • A fine-pointed awl (to make sewing holes)
  • A pack of size 5–9 darning needles
  • A pricking cradle/punching trough (instructions to make an easy one here, scroll to page 22)
  • A small pair of scissors
  • A small weight (around 2–4lb)
  • A small pressing board
  • Masking tape
  • A sharp HB pencil (a mechanical one is best)
  • Eraser

(Bookbinding tool rolls are available on the SFCB website)

Workshop Fee: $150
Scholarships are available; please apply here.

Date & Time: Two Saturdays :: August 15 & 22, 2021 :: 10-1pm Pacific time

Location: Online over Zoom

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

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


About the Instructor | Kathy Abbott

Kathy Abbott served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained a Higher National Diploma from the London College of Printing, London (UK) followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton University, Surrey (UK). She teaches advanced level Fine Binding at the City Lit, London and conducts many other workshops across the UK and overseas. Kathy opened her own bookbinding workshop in London in 1997, where she specializes in Islamic book conservation, western book conservation and contemporary fine binding, and is also a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge, to produce high quality and intelligent bookbinding work. She is a founder member of Tomorrow's Past, an international bookbinding collective and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010.
Her work is held in both private and public collections and her work is exhibited widely.
You can see her work on her website:

Past Student Reviews:

"I am really grateful to have access to this kind of training that doesn't exist where I live, and from a teacher on another continent, pretty cool.” 

"Kathy was great, extremely knowledgeable and a calm and kind guide."

"Kathy was very clear explaining every step."

$ 150.00
Online via Zoom
United States