Discover the tactile art of bookbinding as we learn two decorative spine stitching techniques to create our brilliant books. Bari Zaki, of Bari Zaki Studio, shares her passion for the craft during an in-depth tutorial on two hand-stitching techniques, French Link Stitch and Diamond Stitch. These non-adhesive style bindings focus on paper folding and stitching. The result is a book that lays completely flat, perfect for sketching, drawing, or writing.
With over 30 years of book making experience, Bari has curated a kit with everything needed to make two hand-crafted books of different sizes and techniques. Gorgeous heavyweight card stock creates the covers while the inside page signatures consist of white sulphite drawing paper. Waxed linen thread is used for hand-stitching everything together, and its texture creates both secure knots and a beautiful, rustic feature on the finished pieces.
In the workshop, Bari teaches us about grain direction and page signatures. We learn to score, burnish, and cut the covers, then mark our sewing stations to prepare for stitching. After completing the French Link or Diamond Stitch, Bari shows us how to tuck in any loose ends for a neat finish. Enjoy the completed hand-crafted books and continue to experiment with different papers and materials to suit your personal taste!
More About the Artist: Bari Zaki
Bari Zaki is a lifelong lover of paper. In her childhood bedroom she had a small walk-in closet with bookshelves holding books and her ever-expanding “library” of paper samples, swatches, and scraps that her father brought home from his print shop. In her early 20s, she took a series of bookbinding and box making classes at Artists Bookworks in Chicago. Bari went on to open a small, appointment-only studio and her business focused mainly on custom projects.
After 25-ish years, Bari’s desire to share her love of craft and materials met its magical moment: a spacious, light-filled shop/studio/salon became available in a wonderful block of shops. Finally, Bari was able to offer workshops in a beautiful space conducive to creative camaraderie! She was also able to merchandise a revolving array of colored pencils & other drawing supplies, washi tape, notebooks, sketchbooks, notecards…and a growing inventory of her handmade books and boxes.
Learn even more about Bari at her website barizaki.com.
We look forward to sharing this fulfilling and joyful experience with you and cannot wait to see how your books turn out. Be sure to share your creative journey and finished creation with us by tagging @thecraftersbox + @barizaki in your social posts, and use #thecraftersbox so our community can also see your workshop come to life! Happy making.