Basic Stab Bindings with Teresa Silva

March 14, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central

Stab binding is a family of book binding techniques used for over two thousand years in Japan, China, and Korea. Both cathartic and simple, stab bindings are an efficient way to produce elegant books. Using thread to wrap around the spines, Japanese stab bindings are an ideal way to bind loose sheets of paper together securely. The workshop begins by learning the basic foundation 4 hole stitch (yotsume toji) with the noble (kangxi) corner variation in order to make a thin, soft cover book. We will then create models to learn the hemp leaf (asa-no-ha toji) and tortoise shell (kikko toji) bindings. This set of bindings is ideal for beginners.

After a taste of simple glue based bookbinding in high school, Teresa Silva began to teach herself how to bind books from books she borrowed from the library. After a brief interlude of learning to bind books properly from professionals (but not really becoming better at glue), she began to focus on exposed spine, non-adhesive bindings as well as Japanese stab bindings that can be made using simple tools, all sorts of easily procured materials, and could be sewn almost anywhere.Find her @


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