Spinal Bling

The Transformative Magic of Link-Stitch Binding.

 A two day workshop for BAR members:

Saturday September 21

Sunday September 22

Hours: 10:00 3:00

Instructor: Miriam Schaer

Location: 1978 Gallery, 1978 Springfield Ave. Maplewood NJ

Fee: $100 for 2 days

Link-Stitch Binding, sometimes referred to as French-Stitch, is a wonderful, elegant sewing structure that creates a lacey matrix of vines across the spine of any codex to which it is applied. Workshop participants will learn to use the stitch on its own and also with ribbons as a sewing support to create exposed-spine bindings that are both beautiful and functional. We will also learn to make our own book cloth from fabric, and then cover boards for our books. By the end of the workshop, students will finish at least one book using this approach.


Miriam Schaer ( is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She exhibits extensively in the U.S. and abroad and is represented in numerous collections, including Yale University, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, Duke University, the Tate Gallery in London, the Bainbridge Museum outside Seattle, and the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum. Her work has earned a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship, and artist residencies in Spain, Estonia, India and Egypt. She has taught the Art of the Book at the Pratt Institute and Columbia College Chicago, among many other institutions, and serves on the board of directors of the Center for Book Arts in New York. She is represented by the Central Booking Art Space in New York, and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, in Birmingham, Alabama.