upcoming workshops

May 18 – 19, 2019

Visible Stitches: Exploring Long Stitch and Buttonhole Stitch Books

Hurricane, West Virginia


This incredible two-day workshop will focus on two binding styles: the Long Stitch and the Buttonhole Stitch. These stitches are a simple yet attractive method of attaching the book sections to the cover though openings in the spine. Participants will make two books, one of each style. Both books will have a supple leather wrapper with fore-edge flap and closures system.    

June 8, 2019

The Long and Short of It

Blue Lizard Studio


This motivating one-day workshop will utilize two lengths of stitches. The long stitches on the book’s spine will be used to construct the binding and the short stitches on the front cover will create the cover decoration. Participants will have a choice for the cover embellishment. They can generate their own design of leather cut-outs with reinforcing stitches and backed with colored paper. Or they may use a historical lacing pattern called the White Rose found on vellum archival bindings. While those patterns were laced with strips of vellum, this one will be done with colored waxed thread. There will be more cover adornments options shown in the workshop.

For more information contact Bonnie.

June 26-28, 2019

Slate Accordions

Focus on Book Arts, Forest Grove, Oregon


The slate accordion is based on the construction of school writing tablets, fashioned of slate tiles and lashed together in pairs. This method of binding produced a very flexible hinge. Our books will be constructed of four panels of binder’s board with collages on the front side and paste paper on the backside. In keeping with the original format, the panels will have framed edges and curved corners. Participants will create four collages to sit within the panels that are bound together with waxed thread.


To registrar for this workshop visit focusonbookarts.org

June 29-30, 2019

The Modern Slip Book

Focus on Book Arts, Forest Grove, Oregon


This class will explore the format of slip books inspired by the ancient Chinese books that were made from narrow slips of bamboo tied together with string. In these modern books, the slips will be wider and made from binder’s board. This will provide ample surfaces to carry textured and painted imagery.


Using different ways to create texture, participants will create layered designs for both sides of their book before linking together the six panels. A custom painted paper carrying case will be constructed to protect and house the book.


To registrar for this workshop visit focusonbookarts.org    

upcoming or current exhibitions

May 2 - June 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Exhibition

Pacific University Library, Forest Grove, Oregon

September 19 - October 19, 2019


Artist Own Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana 


Stahlecker’s work is not traditional bookmaking. It goes far beyond that. All books contain words and/or images that attempt to convey knowledge, whether it be in the form of a story, a history or perhaps a theory... This art is about the concept of books. This clever, well-thought-out work expresses thousands of years of man’s evolution in passing information from generation to generation. Each of these sculptures deserves close inspection.

Tom Shafer’s review in the Journal & Courier, November 24, 2011 (reviewing the book-like objects at the “Thread Editions” exhibition at the Lala Gallery, Lafayette, Indiana.)