Softcover Long-Stitch Binding: Online Workshop with Willa Goettling

$ 35.00

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with Willa Goettling

A one-day online seminar held over Zoom.

Sunday, June 13
5-6:30pm EST

In this workshop participants will learn how to make soft-cover journals using the intermediate hand-binding method: long-stitch. Covers can be made using a cover-weight paper such as cardstock, or can be made from a durable textile such as leather, vellum, or heavy cotton canvas. The folios (pages) of the book will be made up of a light-weight paper such as copy paper. Participants will be encouraged to follow demonstrations in real-time, although will not be required. Necessary materials to create one long-stitch book include: 

  • 36 sheets of roughly 8.5 x 11” text-weight paper (such as standard copy paper)
  • 1 sheet of roughly 11 x 17” cover-weight paper (such as card stock) or heavy textile
  • Waxed linen thread
  • Bone folder
  • Awl 
  • Sewing needle or bookbinder’s needle
  • Scissors
  • 18" ruler (metal ruler with cork backing works best)
  • pencil
  • Self-healing mat
  • Utility knife w/ snap-off blade or x-acto


Limited to 20 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Willa Goettling is an artist and educator whose work investigates corporeality and ecology. Goettling received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago (2019) and BA in Medical Anthropology & Global Health from the University of Washington (2016). While at Columbia, she worked as a Print Production Fellow for the Journal of Artists' Books, and received an Albert P. Weisman Award for her MFA thesis. She has received scholarships to study book and paper at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (2019) and Wells Book Arts Summer Institute (2017). She’s currently the Education Coordinator at Dieu Donné Paper Mill and a temporary In-house Printer for the Center for Artistic Activism.


instructions for accessing the Zoom link for the seminar will be sent to registered participants by email.