One- Two- and Three-Section Booklets

Colorful spines of 1, 2, & 3 section books are lined next to each other. The spines are a range of colors and the thread seen along them is decorative.
Scott McCarney looks at you from the other side of his workbench
Scott McCarney headshot

Event Info

This workshop takes place across two sessions:

  • Wed, March 3rd 11am–1pm ET
  • Wed, March 10th 11am–1pm ET

This two-session workshop will offer instructions on binding books with one, two or three sections into paper covers. Their exposed spines display a variety of stitching that function as decoration as well as support. They are perfect for dressing up your chapbooks, zines and/or slim artists books and require no special equipment.

Participants will be introduced to nine different sewings described in Keith Smith’s book, 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings. The samples represent a cross-section of the 122 patterns described in Keith Smith’s book. A template for a sewing card will be provided to facilitate the learning of the decorative stitching.

Required Materials:

  • One 8.5 x 11” piece of light cardboard (cereal box weight or equivalent) for the sewing template
  • 18 sheets of text weight paper measuring 8.5 x 11 inches (20 or 24 lb. copy paper works), each piece folded twice into eight page sections measuring 5.5 x 4.25 inches
  • 9 sheets of cover weight paper measuring 5.5 x 11 inches (60 – 80 lb. is good and grain short is helpful)
  • Bone folder
  • Paper awl
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Needles
  • Thread (two colors of thread would be good, but not a deal breaker)


About the Instructor

Scott McCarney is an artist, designer, and educator based in Rochester, New York. His primary art practice has been in book form since 1980 and spans many media, from offset and digital printing to sculptural and site-specific installation. His bookworks can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; and Yale University Art Gallery, among others. His work is shown internationally (Sao Paulo, Brazil; Melbourne, Australia; Baku, Azerbaijan) as well as closer to home (Hallwalls, Buffalo NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse NY; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY). His teaching and lecturing itinerary is varied and eclectic, carrying the banner of artists books to Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Mexico, and South America. He recently concluded 16 years of teaching in the College of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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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