upcoming workshops

May 20-21, 2017

August 12-13, 2017   note date change

August 19-20, 2017   additional class

Saddle Up My Binding

Blue Lizard Studio, Plainfield, Indiana


In this two-day class we will learn a variation of the Saddle Binding where the tapes and sewing are exposed while the rest of the spine is covered with kangaroo leather. The tapes are slotted into the covers and secured there. Strong flax paper from Cave Paper will cover the boards for the covers. The participants will unleash their creativity with watercolors, ink pens and other media to make unique painted covers for their journals.


The text paper is Arches Text Wove with Hahnemühle Ingres endpapers. The book sections are sewn with a Double Herringbone stitch and the text block spine is paper lined. There are 100 pages in this 6.5 x 4.5 inch book. A bone and loop closure system will complete the journal.


On the second day, we will have time to learn and sew an alternative way to do the Saddle Binding. Participant will finish the second book at home. Open to all levels.    


For more information contact Bonnie.


June 3-4, 2017

Stitch in Time: A Historical Journey of Sewing Books

Cincinnati Book Arts Society, Cincinnati, Ohio   


This class will stitch its way through the history of books, focusing on the changing sewing styles. It is perfect for the book artist who wants more construction choices and for the conservator who needs to know the historical sewing patterns. Participants will leave with a collection of seven book blocks, all sewn with a different stitch, plus the skills to use the techniques in future books.

By making a book of each sewing style, participants will learn first-hand of the changes in sewing production and appreciate the differences between the historical periods, methods and techniques. The sewing frame will be used to sew several of the book blocks. 

There will be discussions of thread choices and sewing supports, along with interesting prattle of the historical content. Some prior skill at sewing is helpful for this focused-filled workshop.    



June 24-25, 2017

Painted Journal

Focus on Book Arts, Forest Grove, Oregon


Make your own medium-sized sketchbook or journal that has an exposed spine and painted covers. The binding allows the book to open completely flat to any page making it great to draw or write in. The binder’s board covers are transformed with many layers of glazing paint with a recessed niche for a unique shrink-art label.

The book will be sewn on decorative tapes that are then laced into the covers and held closed with a loop and bone clasp. Participants will bring to the class the paper of their choice for the pages, mixing and matching to suit the media they like to use. Each participant will complete one binding during the workshop.


Check http://focusonbookarts.org/ to see full conference catalog and how to sign up for this class.

August 26-27, 2017

Byzantine Sewing with Leather Covered Boards    

Cincinnati Book Arts Society, Cincinnati, Ohio 


This historical book structure features a handsome sewing pattern, which forms a thick chain across the spine of the book. The covers will exhibit an artistic design with decoration techniques freely borrowed from the Late Coptic period. These techniques include vellum lacing, inlays and blind tooling, all of which are done prior to adhering the leather to wooden boards. Participants will first experiment with the techniques before using them on their own designs. To finish the book, a slit braid leather strap with fore-edge peg will be attached. 

October 21-22, 2017

Simplified Binding with Embellished Leather Covers   

Lettersong Calligraphy Studio, Louisville, Kentucky


This handsome, thin volume with leather covers offers participants a chance to explore various leather embellishments such as blind panel stamping, cold tooling, and cuir-cisele (cut leather). The decorated leather covers are made entirely off the book and are attached to the text block after they are finished.


The pages for the book are painted with fabric dye. Using the two-as-one pamphlet stitch, the sections are sewn to a concertina that has a pocket for a hidden note. A book cloth spine completes the book.


For more information and how to register for this class go to Lettersong Calligraphy Studio and Gallery.



upcoming or current exhibitions


April 28 - June 10, 2017

Faculty/Staff Exhibition of the Focus on Book Arts 2017 Conference

Collins Gallery, Central Library, Portland, Orgeon


May 12 - August 27, 2017

Making in in Crafts III

The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette, Indiana

A national invitational exhibit showcasing significant work by distinguished creative artisans. 

Opening Reception is Friday, May 12, 2017     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


September 12 - October 22. 2017

The Unspoken Word

Clowes Memorial Hall Gallery, Indianapolis, 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.)