Making Expanded Pamphlets

An example of an expanded pamphlet by Beth Sheehan. The pamphlet has a blue cover and is surrounded by a bunch of tiny plants.
An example of an expanded pamphlet by Beth Sheehan
Beth Sheehan in front of letterpress archives
Beth Sheehan in front of letterpress archives

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place via Zoom across two sessions on Wednesdays, March 2 & 9 from 6–8pm ET:

  • Wed, Mar 2 6–8pm ET
  • Wed, Mar 9 6–8pm ET

About the Workshop:

In this virtual workshop for begginers led by Instructor Beth Sheehan, students will learn the basics of pamphlet stitch. Sheehan will cover introductory topics including selecting proper materials and tools needed throughout the process.

Once students have mastered the basics, Sheehan will demonstrate how to modify or adapt your pamphlet to suit various needs—turning simple structures into exciting explorations of form. Over the course of the class, each student will make a 5-hole accordion with a wrap-around cover pamphlet, a double-pamphlet, a french-door pamphlet, a pamphlet sewn to accordions, and a single leaf pamphlet.

Class size is limited to ensure an optimal student-to-teacher ratio. Register now before spots fill up!


Required Materials

  • Paper for textblocks, around 40 sheets cut to any size (Text weight paper is preferable. Copy paper is fine.)
  • Paper for covers (11×17 long sheets or bigger are ideal, decorative paper is preferable but not required. Card-stock weight works well.)
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • Cutting tool and blades (X-acto, Olfa knife, box cutter, scalpel, etc.)
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Thread (ideally bookbinding thread, like Irish linen thread)
  • Needles (ideally bookbinding needles or darning needles)
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder or Teflon folder (optional, but helpful)

Check and see if any of the required materials are available in CBA’s bookshop–>


About the Instructor

Elizabeth (Beth) Sheehan is a printmaker, papermaking, and book artist living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her work investigates ideas of memory and perception to explore her own lack of episodic memory. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, and the San Francisco Public Library. Sheehan has worked as a professional printer at Durham Press in Pennsylvania and at Harlan and Weaver in New York. She was also the Lead Binder and Bindery Manager at Small Editions in Brooklyn and teaches paper, print, and book workshops around the country.


All images courtesy of instructor.

In order to make our educational programming as accessible as possible, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. However, please note that your payment is how our Artist Instructors are compensated.

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