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 workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Tues, April 20th, 6–8pm ET
  • Tues, April 27th, 6–8pm ET

In this two-day workshop students will learn the basics of the pamphlet stitch with discussions focusing on ways to modify and adapt the structure to various needs as well as proper materials and helpful tools and techniques.

Students will also learn a wide variety of modifications to turn simple structures into exciting explorations of form. This two-hour virtual workshop will begin with a 5-hole accordion with a wrap-around cover and work to double-pamphlets, french-door pamphlets, pamphlets sewn to accordions, and a single leaf pamphlet.


There are a total of 30 spots open in this workshop.

If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.


Required Materials

  • Paper for textblocks, around 40 sheets cut to any size (Text weight is preferable. Copy paper is fine.)
  • Paper for covers (longer sheets are better, 11×17 or bigger is 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)

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 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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