Hardcover Books: Explorations in Bookbinding (3 Online Classes)

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Taught by Kelly Laughlin

Kelly Laughlin is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who focuses on the playful, meditative acts of making. She believes every person is capable of living a creative life. Kelly is the founder of Odette Press, a paper marbling and bookbinding studio focused on specialty papers, books, and stationery, created with the intention to support self discovery and healing through the act of writing. 

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A book can be a sturdy space for your ideas, your images, your dreams, and reflections. In this three-part series, explore hardcover bindings and expand your understanding of the creative techniques of the bookbinding process.

This class is perfect for anyone who has some previous experience in bookbinding.

WEEK 1: Coptic Stitch

Using this decorative, centuries-old sewing stitch, you’ll create a hardcover coptic stitch book that lays flat when opened -- perfect to use as a photo album, sketchbook, or guestbook.

WEEKS 2 & 3: French Link Stitch and Case Binding

Using the sturdy, supportive French Link Stitch, create a multiple signature book with cloth-bound hard covers for all of your stories, drawings, ideas, and dreams. This class will span across two weeks to allow for drying time.

Materials List:

Text block paper (about 50 sheets of copy paper, 60lb writing paper, sketching paper, or similar. Papers should be less than 100lb for this process)

Decorative papers


Bone Folder




1-2 rolls of book cloth

Davey Board / Book Board

PVA glue

Wax paper or newsprint

Glue brush (or sponge brush)

Waxed thread

Needle (tapestry, embroidery, or bookbinding -- a needle with a large eye)

¼” linen tapes

Bookbinding mull


Purchase your beginning bookbinder tools here

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