Mini Books: Stab Binding Workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind, hand crafted book to showcase your photographs! No prior experience necessary.
Upcoming Classes

This workshop is held at DCP from 10am-2pm.

This fun, half-day workshop focuses on stab binding. The technique creates a stacked-page book with a tactile quality that invites the viewer to experience one photograph at a time. Stab binding allows for edge stitching that can be highly decorative, or more simple and structured. The variations allow the creator to make unique books that pair aesthetically with their photographs.

We will start from the beginning and learn about tools, paper, and folds. Then you will create a pamphlet stitch and continue on to the binding. You will learn about a variety of stitches, discuss layout design, and consider the material selection that supports your photos. By the end of the workshop, you will have created your own personally designed, one of a kind book fshowcasing your photographs.

No prior experience necessary! You don’t need to have ever made a book before, used an awl, or even know what a bone folder is. You’ll thoroughly learn the process and leave with a hand bound mini-book. This technique is easily practiced at home with readily available materials.

If you have made your own books in the past, this will be an excellent refresher with an instructor widely known for her skills with this art.

All supplies will be provided including tools and materials and the cost is included in your registration fee.

Required by Participants:
Participants will submit 6-8 files of their selected photos before the workshops. We will have the printed images ready for you when you arrive. All photos should be the same orientation. For best results avoiding mixing vertical and horizontal images.  If you have any questions about the image submission process please contact DCP. The cost of printing is included in your workshop fee.

Photo file specifications:
JPG file format, minimum size/resolution 1200 pixels on the long side. Filename should include your name or initials, for example “JaneDoe-1.jpg”Email to: Photos must be submitted by end of day,Thursday, March 23.

  • The cost of the workshop is $150
  • Maximum number of students is 14.
  • Advanced registration and payment is required.
  • The workshop will be held at Dallas Center for Photography (4756 Algiers Street, Dallas, TX 75207) in our upstairs classroom.
  • The workshop will take place from 10am-2pm.
  • Doors open at 9:30am.
  • Parking is available in the DCP lot or along Algiers St.
  • All materials will be provided. If you have materials you would like to experiment with you are welcome to bring them!

Q: How late can I sign up for a workshop?
A: As long as the workshop doesn’t show as “sold out,” you can register up until 5:00pm the day before the workshop date.

Q: Is lunch included in the workshop?
A: No, lunch will not be provided, but feel free to bring a snack.

Q: I’m under 18. Can I take the classes or workshop?
A: Yes, but only if an adult registers to take the classes with you.

Q: How will I know if a workshop makes or not?
A: If a class doesn’t make and has to be cancelled, you will receive an email no later than the night before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel?
A: If you cancel 7 days or more ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. A cancellation between 5 to 7 days ahead of scheduled date will receive 50% refund minus a $25 administrative fee. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 4 days of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Elizabeth Mellott

Elizabeth Mellott’s passion in the arts is to build community through education, creativity and service. Elizabeth serves as a full-time professor of photography and a Service Learning Coordinator at Collin College in Plano, Texas. As a professor, she teaches photography and book arts.  As an artist, she creates art pertaining to social and environmental concerns. Mellott exhibits internationally with her work housed in collections including the Museum Fine Arts in Houston and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona.  She has hosted numerous community art workshops and art presentations, both nationally and internationally.  Elizabeth’s commitment to art is with the goal to enrich lives, both individually and communally.

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