Useful Decor: Intro to Stab Binding (Fall 2021)

Event Info

This online class will take place across two sessions:

  • Tues, Sept. 7, 10am-12pm ET
  • Tues, Sept. 14, 10am-12pm ET

Day 1 will cover with 4-hole stab-binding and nobel stab-binding. In this traditional binding style originated in East Asia, stitchings simultaneously serve the utility of fastening pages and the beauty of geometry patterns. Examples of artists’ books (old and new) using related techniques will be shown to demonstrate further possibilities.

Day 2 will cover tortoise-shell stab-binding and hemp-leaf stab-binding. In learning these two intricate binding styles, participants will experience the rhythm of stitching patterns, and will be led to creative improvisations.


Required materials:


  • A bone folder (or a butter knife)
  • A knife
  • Cutting mat
  • A pencil
  • A ruler
  • An awl (or a pushpin)
  • A hammer (or a rock)
  • Thread
  • A needle
  • 2 binder clips


  • 30 sheets of text weight paper 
  • 8 sheets of cover weight paper
  • All paper should be in the same size


About the Instructor:

Chang Yuchen is an artist and educator based in New York. She works in an interdisciplinary manner — writing as weaving, drawing as translation, clothing as portable theater, commerce as everyday revolution. Yuchen was an artist in residence at MASS MoCA, MAD Museum, Offshore, Bananafish Books and Textile Arts Center. She has shown her works/performed at UCCA Dune, Taikwun, Abrons Art Center, Para Site, Salt Projects, and Assembly Room, among others.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.

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