Mini Books: Stab Binding Workshop

Create a one-of-a-kind crafted book to display your photographs!
Upcoming Classes
Mar 25
Price: $150

Members get up to 20% off

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

This workshop focuses on the Stab Binding, which is stacked page book giving the viewer the experience of viewing one photograph at a time.  Additionally, the Stab Binding has the latitude for a highly decorative edge stitching or a simple/structured edge stitching.  The variations allow the creator to make unique books that pairs aesthetically with their photographs.

We will start from the beginning and learn about tools, paper, and folds.  Then we’ll create a pamphlet stitch and continue on to the stab binding.  You will learn about a variety of stab stitches, discuss layout design, and material selection. The final portion of the workshop participants will create their own personally designed, hand-crafted stab binding book showcasing their photographs.

No prior experience necessary! You don’t need to have ever made a book to learn this process and leave with a hand bound mini-book.

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

Required by Participants:
Participants will need to select 6-8 photographs to use in their handmade book and submit them to DCP before the workshop. All photos should be the same orientation. For best results avoiding vertical and horizontal images.  DCP will print the photographs to 4” longest dimension and have them ready for you at the workshop. If you have any questions about the image submission process please contact DCP. The cost of printing is included in your workshop fee.

Photographs 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:

  • 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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