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SUTRA global imports brings the beauty of handmade South Asia to the Midwest in a curated fairtrade collection  artfully staged in a renovated century barn in Dakota, Minnesota and through online sales. We also host workshops and talks in our space and Kim Hammer leads tours to India and Bali.

 Create a Chain-Stitch Journal with Book Artist Jill Krase


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Create a Chain-Stitch Journal with Book Artist Jill Krase


Create a chain-stitch journal with Book Artist Jill Krase

October 7, 10am-1:30pm with a lunch break

$39 workshop fee  (payable at registration) + $10 materials fee (pay instructor)

Create an exquisite treasure to hold in your hands, to record the days of your life. Use your new skills to make more books for yourself and for gifts.

The handmade paper covers and the pages of this book are sewn together with a chain stitch. A soft but very sturdy cover that wraps around to the front of the book and closes with a bone clasp finishes off the book. Unlike most of the books on your shelf, this one is built entirely without glue. The sewing remains visible on the spine when the book is finished. This blank book will make an ideal journal since it lays completely flat when open for ease of writing. There will be space to collage in a few photos if you like. If you are new to book making, this book is a good project to start with. It is relatively easy and requires no special tools, only scissors, needle, and thread.

This book style is one of the oldest bookbinding techniques. It was developed in second-century Egypt and was used throughout the Islamic world and Eastern Europe.

Tools and materials will be provided. For more information or answers to questions, please contact the instructor. Bring a bag lunch; a beverage will be offered.

Sutra is pleased to welcome back instructor Jill Krase, a private practice bookbinder at Ovenbird Bindery in Winona, where she offers a wide range of handmade books and bookbinding services. She makes limited edition and one-of-a-kind artist books as well as a variety of fine custom products for clients and for retail sale. Jill also binds small editions for individuals self-publishing, repairs and restores books, and teaches others how to make books through private and group workshops. Visit to learn more.

Later Event: October 7
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