Online Workshop: Long and Link Stitch Books

Dates TBA | 6 weeks
6 pre-recorded video tutorials and PDF instructions posted each Wednesday at 8:00 am ET. Access to a private chat area for questions and comments, additional videos posted when needed. Two zoom office hours will be available during the class for students to meet, discuss, and ask questions.

Instructor: Andrew Huot

Long and Link Stitch Books

Long stitch books have been a straightforward and inexpensive way to bind handwritten and printed pages since the 14th century. This exposed sewing method binds the pages and cover together all in one, using long or linking stitches to connect them all. Reinforcement on the spine was provided by strips of leather, vellum, and wood. Students will make models based on historical examples using different sewing patterns.

In this course you will learn:

How to use the bookbinding tools.
Knowledge of bookmaking materials and their qualities.
How to make six (6) different variations of long and linking stitch books.
The skills to make more books for journals, sketchbooks, or artwork.

Level of Experience / Skills Required

All levels; no prior book-making experience required.

You will need the following supplies:


Text weight paper – 65# to 80#
Cover weight paper – 65# to 80#
Handmade Paper for covers
Tyvek, Leather, Vellum, or Wood

Kits of curated materials are available for purchase. Materials will be from a variety of sources and cut to size. There will be enough to allow you to make each book.


Bone Folder
Craft Knife / Olfa / Xacto
Metal Ruler
Self-healing cutting mat
Bookbinder’s Awl
Bookbinding Needle
Glue Brush
Linen Thread – 18/3 thickness
PVA Adhesive

Assembled tool kits for this class can be found at Colophon Book Arts, link here. You can purchase the basic kit at the link and add on any additional tools for this workshop. You can also purchase tools from any bookbinding supplier on the resource page or at your local art supply store.

Please leave your contact information so we can alert you when dates have been set and registration is open.

How this online workshop works


Video tutorials and accompanying pdfs will be posted on Wednesday mornings. You can access these materials any time once they are released, and work at your own pace. You’ll have time to complete the lesson at your convenience before moving on to the next lesson on the following Wednesday. During the week, I’ll be checking messages in the chat area to answer any questions you may have along the way.