Introductory Sewn Books

Introductory Sewn Books with Anne Murray

This class introduces several relatively simple sewn bindings where the stitching is a decorative element. There will also be options for variations on each stitching style covered. Four styles will be covered: Pamphlet stitch with 3 variations; Japanese stab binding with 2 variations; French Linked stitch with one variation; and LongStitch. A complete materials kit will make this easy to get started - create 6-8 beautiful and functional books to keep or give away!

This class is presented in collaboration with John C. Campbell Folk School and Lessonface. Class capacity is 12 students. Registration closes on October 15, 2023. Students are invited to attend a large group Orientation and Closing Ceremony to connect with various classes online.

Class Materials

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $55 shipped to your door. Residents outside the USA will pay the difference in shipping.

The kit includes:
All paper - both plain and decorative (for creating 7 books)
Two book needles
Colored threads for sewing each book
Awl for punching holes for sewing
Binder clips
Glue stick

Students will also want to provide:
Book cradle (or simply a thick catalog or phone book)
Small pair sharp scissors
6" or 12" ruler
a glossy magazine or catalog for use as a gluing surface

Age Range

All Ages

Skill Level


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About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

Since 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,500 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

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The class will meet for four weekly 120-min live online sessions on Tuesdays at 5 pm ET | 2 pm PT | 22:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on November 7.

Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Introductory Sewn Books
Anne Murray
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Introductory Sewn Books
Anne Murray

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before the class start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward.

Refund Policy: To cancel an enrollment or request a refund, contact For 30+ days before, we refund 95%. Between 30 and 5 days, receive a 75% refund. No refunds within 5 days of class start date. Materials kit fees are non-refundable.

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Anne Murray

Anne Murray

Since first encountering The Penland Book of Handmade Books at the public library in 2006, I have been passionate about making books and have been learning and practicing the crafts involved in making books – binding, making paper, marbling paper, creating book cloth, and woodworking.  These skills have been acquired from the John Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC), the Penland School of Crafts (Penland, NC), the Sawtooth School for Visual Art (Winston-Salem, NC), as well as from several well-known paper/book artists and through independent practice.  Particularly well-known teachers include Steve Pittelkow (pamphlet stitch and marbling), Jana Pullman (historic bindings), Dan Essig (Co...

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