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.

Nov 9, 2024 - Nov 9, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $185
Workshop Duration: 3 hours (Saturday, 1-4pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Saturday, Nov 9 from 1-4pm ET (includes lunch break).

Learn how to make a Stab Binding Album online - By Joelle Webber

The Stab Binding Album is a great book structure to mount photographs, prints, collected ephemera, or single-page collages, oriented vertically or horizontally—an elegant album, using fine archival papers, which include layers of interleaving between each page.  

Watch Joelle Webber as she creates a stab binding album designed to protect and beautifully display photographs & more. Stitched together with the traditional stab or 4-hole binding, this simple design can be tailored to the size and number of pages in your collection.

Learn how to make a Stab Binding Album online - By Joelle Webber

In this class, we will learn the importance of material grain, archival materials, and ‘measuring from the reality’. Binding the book will include creating depth in the spine to allow for added prints, traditional stab binding methods, and other techniques to complete this book. This workshop also comes with step-by-step Class Notes, including Suggested Material Links and Tools Needed.

In this 3-hour class, Joelle will describe the process in detail, encouraging students to ask any book arts-related questions. Joelle has been learning in the book arts for over 40 years and working as a binder for over 25 years. She has many tips to set yourself up for success in your binding projects.

Note: The session will be recorded and the link will be shared for a month beyond the class.

Stab Binding Album - By Joelle Webber

Stab Binding Album, an open album - By Joelle Webber

Joelle Webber teaching a student
Instructor Joelle Webber utilizes her 40+ years of experience to teach students the Book Arts.

Suggested Materials List

The links to these suggestions are to help you understand the weight of the materials needed.

Tools Required

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

Stab Binding Album tools - By Joelle Webber

Images by Joelle Webber.

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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.