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The Long Stitch Book

The Long-Stitch Book
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with Derek Bacchus

Cost: $100
Materials Fee: $22 — please bring to class!

The Long-Stitch book is a simple and beautiful book form that has been used since medieval times in Germany.  This is a non-adhesive structure in which the book’s folded pages are sewn directly through the cover material. In this workshop the covers will be flexible with softly rounded spines (commonly known as a Limp Binding). These make excellent sketch journals, with the perfect paper of your own choice.

We will bind two five-signature books. The first will be an elegant and simplified variation of the Long-Stitch that incorporates a pre-designed template to guide the spine hole placements. The second book will use a suede leather cover that includes a foredge flap and leather cording to wrap and enclose the entire book. It will use the traditional Kettle Stitch for the outside sewing stations, and the Long-Stitch for the interior sewing stations. You will leave with your own illustrated step-by-step instructions for both books.


Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Publisher and Chief Product Officer at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.

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