jpuncture2Private Book Arts Workshop

with Cristina Hajosy

Workshop Title:  Japanese Puncture Artist’s Books

Date & Time:  Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10am to 4pm

Location:Canton, MA

Limited to 6 students


Includes all materials and lunch!


This all-day workshop will explore another beloved book structure, the Japanese Puncture (or “stab”) binding. The technique is especially useful because it joins individual sheets. The sheets can be edited and sequenced by the artist, then bound, resequenced and bound again, and again! – verses filling a bound book. This is my favorite artist’s book for visual journals, print collections, photo albums, signature books, and upscale scrapbooking.



At its most basic, the Japanese Puncture binding is constructed by compiling a stack of papers and sewing through the stack. It features an exposed side stitch which can be embellished with beads, buttons, and even botanicals and personal charms. We’ll cover the traditional Japanese 4-hole stitch pattern, as well as 6 decorative variations. Both soft and hardbound versions will be completed. Exciting book cloth, handmade marbled and paste papers, linen threads and ribbons, all you’ll need and more…getting creative will be easy!

Jpuncture1Throughout the day, we’ll construct several projects to practice techniques and to get familiar with the materials.  The morning will begin with small-scale books bound with several stitch patterns. We’ll break for a fresh, vegetarian lunch with homemade soup, salad and sandwiches. Then, we’ll create a unique, larger-scale artist’s book for the afternoon session.


Open to everyone ages 18 & up, all media and skill levels.


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