Dive into the art of bookbinding with Joelle Webber, exploring the elegant and traditional stab binding technique to create unique and visually stunning albums to showcase your photographs, text and more.

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Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Saturday, Apr 13 from 9am-4pm ET (includes lunch break). 

With step-by-step guidance from Joelle Webber, create a stab binding album that can be used to beautifully display your photographs & more.

An elegant album, using fine archival papers, which includes a layer of interleaving between each page. This hand bound book will protect a series of prints, images and other ephemera.  Stitched together with the traditional stab or 4-hole binding, this simple design can be tailored to the size and number of items you would like to collect.

* To join in the step-by-step instruction, please collect all tools and materials before the workshop begins. See the lists below. Email with questions.

Stab Binding Album - By Joelle Webber

Stab Binding Album, an open album - By Joelle Webber

This daylong workshop is for those who want to display and protect their prints in book form. The Stab Binding Album is a great book structure to mount photographs, prints, collected ephemera, or single-page collages oriented vertically or horizontally. 

In the morning, we will learn to cut down our archival materials by ‘measuring from the reality’ of your collected prints.  This album is designed to add a collection of images that are protected with interleaving within the book. As we create, we will discuss different ways to organize our content within the book and begin to mount our images onto our pages. 

In the afternoon, after an hour lunch break,  we will finish shaping our pages and mounting our prints and interleaving, then bind our album pages into beautiful stab binding books. Completing the archival protection of your collection. A wonderfully rich presentation and a compelling comprehensive work of art.

Required Materials

Stab Binding Album tools - By Joelle Webber

Tools you will need

  • cutting mat
  • ruler
  • retractable blade
  • pencil
  • awl
  • bone folder
  • hammer
  • waste board (a soft pine or many layers of book board)
  • scissors
  • needle

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Instructor: Joelle Webber

Joelle Webber has been making books & boxes for 40 years. At Mermaid Bindery, on Westport Island, she offers original artist books, binding services for fellow creators, handmade crafts in her roadside shed, and workshops for several communities.