North Bay Letterpress Arts


The Long-Stitch Book

The Long-Stitch Book


with Derek Bacchus

Learn how to sew the long-stitch book, a simple and beautiful book form that has been used since medieval times in Germany. This is a non-adhesive structure that has both an exposed spine sewing, yet the book’s pages are also sewn directly through the cover material. In this workshop the cover will be a flexible and soft beautiful suede leather, and incorporating leather cording to wrap around the entire book as an enclosure. You will leave with your own illustrated step-by-step instructions. These make excellent sketch journals, with the perfect paper of your own choice.

Workshop fee: $100; Materials fee: $20

Beginners welcome.

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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.