Bookbinding: Make a Japanese-stitch album! Premium class

Olga Riebeling, Book maker / Art director

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7 Videos (21m)
    • Introduction

    • Bookbinding materials

    • Simple stitch

    • Simple stitch with a twist

    • Tortoise stitch

    • Assembly book binding

    • Now you have a new album!


About This Class

In this class we will learn how to make three different yet easy kinds of stitches to sew a Japanese album. Japanese stitching can vary in its form; it can be as complicated or simple as we want it to be and with some patience, we could even create our own kind of stitching. This kind of binding comes in handy when we have lots of single paper sheets that we want to bind together, but not fold into each other.

We will start by reviewing materials and some examples of stitches and books, later we will practice each one of the stitches and at the very end, we will assemble an album with the stitch each student likes the best. Japanese stitching is the best way to start learning how to book bind because the stitches are on the outside of the structure and not on the inside. Also, the stitching can be done with different textile materials and be used as a decoration element for the cover.




18 of 19 students recommendSee All

This is a wonderful class by Olga. She's a natural teacher and I look forward to making my own book. I was interested in this method of binding before but was worried it would be too complicated. Thanks to Olga it now seems very achievable.
Ed J Brown

Illustrator, Typographer

I have a fascination for making journals. I've tried a few tutorials on the Japanese Simple Stich and this is by far the most simpler one of them all. Olga breaks it down step by step and makes it look so easy. I learned a few tips and tricks by taking her class as well. Olga, please make more book binding classes!!!
Yeissen Lowe


Me vas a matar pero no esperaba que estuviera tan bien hecho, nos puedes mantener con tus clases y volverte una estrella de skillshare/youtube <3 todo está super claro y ahora quiero encuadernar a Marc Levy yo misma 0: (estoy bastante segura de que estas puntadas no aplican pero ya me dirás qué hacer) ¡Felicidades!





Olga Riebeling

Book maker / Art director

I am a book binder, art director and over all, a maker of things. I love taking pictures, joining embroidery projects and even watercolor a bit. In real life, I am in charge of the media and communication area at an academic publisher where I learn about editing, as well. I also teach book making and design at my studio Acampando en la sala, a cozy place that lives inside a cultural and educational project I share with my best friend in Guadalajara, México: Casa Teodora.