French Link Binding on Accordion Pleats

three french-link bound books are standing next to one another. One is face down while the other two are side by side.
Paula Krieg
Image courtesy of the artist.

Event Info

This class will take place on:

  • Mon, March 29th, 11:00am–1:00pm ET

The French Link is a simple, decorative stitch that is usually done on tapes. Instead of tapes, participants will sew sections on to a short and long ebony black accordion-folded strip, using bright linen thread to make at least one small multi signature book. Students will receive cover and paper supplies to make at least two books, ample thread, and two needles. There will be discussions on threads, needles, papers, handy tools and resources. This should be a relaxed couple hours of folding and sewing.

There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group 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:

  • Bone folder
  • Metal ruler or quilter’s ruler (heavy plastic)
  • Scissors
  • Bookbinders awl
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencil that will show up on dark pencil (i.e. a white Prismacolor pencil)

*Instructor will supply materials for 2 books, including covers and paper for book blocks, cut to size, thread for sewing two book, and two appropriate needles


About the Instructor

Paula Krieg has spent thirty years collaborating with teachers to create projects for the classroom. In 2019-2020, she exhibited math/artwork in the Bridges Math/Art exhibition. Paula has taught workshops at the Center for Book Arts, Museum of Mathematics, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dieu Donne. She has presented at various conferences, including MOVES 2019: Math Unfolded: The Mathematical Art of Origami. Paula coauthored Scholastic’s 25 Totally Terrific Social Studies Activities alongside Jean Mumper and Kathy Pike. Her work has been featured in Helen Hiebert’s book, Paper Illuminated, Lark Books’s Making Books and Journals, and Diane Mauer-Mathison’s The Art and Craft of Handmade Cards.


All images courtesy of the instructor.

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