upcoming workshops

postponed until spring 2021

Binding the Embellished Page

Hurricane, West Virginia


In this two-day workshop, participants will bind a book of their own previously completed journal pages with the handsome Ethiopian Coptic stitch and Coptic headbands. Prior to the workshop, folded sheets of Arches Text Wove paper will be delivered for the partakers to draw, paint, write, collage, or print on the surfaces. Helpful suggestions for page decoration will come with the folded paper.


During the workshop, the covers will be made of double-thick boards wrapped with textured paper. After a discussion on the different Coptic stitches, people will drill holes in waste boards and practice the Ethiopian Stitch using two needles. This exercise is preparation for the four-needle sewing of their own books. The distinctive Coptic headbands will finish the journal and strengthen the cover-to-text attachment.

July 20 - 24, 2020


Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Franklin, Indiana


The focus of this class will be on building a solid foundation in bookbinding. Students will construct two books that highlight different time periods in the long history of binding books. The first book is a Multi-Tacket journal that has a soft leather cover with a fore-edge flap and a toggle/loop closure arrangement. Students will have an opportunity to individualize their books with leather additions on the spine and flap. They will also make two toggles from glove leather. The second book will be a sewn journal with hardcovers and an exposed spine. The students will learn the process of creating the text block, how to sew the sections using the catch stitch on tapes, and how to cover binder’s board with decorative paper.

During the week, Bonnie will deliver a powerpoint presentation on the history of bookbinding with historical examples from her own collection. This beginning bookbinding class is designed with hands-on instruction, helpful tips, and is open to everyone.


For the full description and how to sign up, check this link.

The 2020 catalog will be available November 1, 2019 on the website of the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. 

upcoming or current exhibitions



Narratives - Recent Work by Bonnie Stahlecker

Edington Gallery, Indianapolis, Indiana    (1489 North Harding Street)

opening reception Friday, April 10th, 6 pm - 9 pm



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.)