Two handmade books by Ms. Baer showing differing styles of construction

Bookbinding for Beginners

Date: April 22-23, 2017 (Spring Semester)
Medium: Paper Arts
Instructor: Stephanie Baer PH.D.
Skill Level: All

Learn basic bookbinding techniques like the pamphlet, Japanese stab, coptic, and Italian Long stitch. We'll use traditional and found materials to create one-of-kind masterpieces. Fundamentals of bookbinding tools and processes will be covered and loads of resources will be shared.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List


Paper – Approximately 45 9”x11” sheets (15 per project). The size is an estimate – a little bigger or smaller is fine!

  • "Think outside the box" here – use found (not bought) pieces – they don’t all have to be the same. (Thick, thin, homemade, scrap, newspaper, wrapping paper, tracing paper, textured, smooth…).
  • You can match the 15 sheets per project – or not! The emphasis here is designing unique books that make use of recycled materials.
  • If you would like to purchase paper, of course that is fine.

OPTIONAL (these items will be provided, but shared):

  • Metal ruler
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Decorative/handmade paper
  • Extra items for book – photographs and other content-based items
  • Screw Punch (Dick Blick, around $34.49)– this is a useful tool if you plan on making books after the workshop. Instructor will have a couple on hand if you’d like to just try it instead of purchase your own.
  • Colored wax thread – (Dick Blick or Amazon, around 10.99 for a pack of 3 totaling 60yds – orange, purple, and black). Black and white will be provided by workshop

If you have any questions concerning supplies, feel free to contact Stephanie Baer at

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $35-55*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Stephanie Baer, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Art Education at Miami University. Before teaching at the post-secondary level, she was a middle and high school art teacher in Kansas and Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2002 from UNL in Lincoln, NE. During her undergraduate career, she studied for a semester in Cortona, Italy, learning the art of papermaking and bookmaking.