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Beginning Bookbinding: The Kettle-Stitch and Multi-Signature Books w/ DEREK BACCHUS

May 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The multi-signature book is the book that we all know, whether it’s a paperback, or a hardcover. We will learn how to sew many signatures together (a folded set of gathered pages) with the kettle stitch, and then add a cover, with endsheets.

We will begin with bookbinding basics to familiarize yourself, and for your future independent work: tools, text and cover papers, paper grain, folding, deckled edges, needles, and threads. You will end up with your own sewn book (and instructions), and ways to explore making more blank journals, or even your own set of designed pages for limited editions of your own artistic work, or writings.

Beginners expected!


$45, $36 OHCA members. Materials fee $8




Derek Bacchus is a publishing consultant, creative director, designer, photographer, educator, and bookbinder. He has been a magazine art director for a number of titles, including the Wine Spectator, a book publishing design director at Allworth Press, and most recently Chief Product Officer and Publisher at the children’s edtech startup, Know Yourself, in downtown Oakland.

He taught for nearly twenty years, including design history at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union (New York); 2-D Design, Information Design and a Senior Seminar in Alphabets and Books at Cooper Union; and bookbinding at the Pont-Aven School of Art in Brittany, France. He has design degrees from Parsons School of Design, and The Yale School of Art.


Members, please enter coupon code MEMBER upon checkout to receive your membership discount.

Beginners welcome.


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May 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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