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Lightning! A Long Stitch Variation NEW! Online Class April 23

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Lightning! A Long Stitch Variation NEW! Online Class
Saturday, April 23, 1-4pm MT
Instructor: Kristen Lewis
Limit: 15 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by April 16.

This charming little book (5" x 6") features the long stitch, a traditional binding dating back to medieval times. It’s characterized by pages that are attached directly to a book’s spine by stitching through the cover. The binding is simple to master and readily lends itself to experimentation and creative decorating. Plus the book’s pages lie flat when opened, which makes writing and sketching easy. There’s a whole world out there of long stitch variations – the possibilities are literally mind boggling! Twist the thread, add a little weaving or knotting, do some zig zagging, use multiple colors to sew, and you have a library of books that all look different.

Local book artist Kristen Lewis has worked up this striking lightning bolt pattern to introduce you to the versatile long stitch. To start, you’ll create and decorate the casing (front, back, and spine) for your book. You’ll then gather the book’s pages into two groupings (called signatures) and punch two rows in the cover for sewing. So that you can comfortably work at your own pace, there’s some pre-class homework that’s provided in an instruction video on gluing and decorating your covers. The focus in the live Zoom session is on learning the lightning bolt pattern and assembling your book. The binding works up quickly and gives you a foundation for creating an interesting design for your next book. With that and Kristen’s inspiring examples of other long stitch variations, where you go from there is up to you!

Note that the homework for the class will take about an hour. This is an estimate. Please allow yourself plenty of time since everyone’s pace is different.

This online class will be recorded and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Scissors
  • Awl for bookbinding
  • A punching surface - mat or cardboard or magazine
  • Glue: PVA (strongly recommended) or Alene’s Tacky Glue. Both are acid free and dry in a flexible way. A glue brush is included in your kit.
  • Old magazine, newsprint, or other paper for keeping glue off the work surface.
  • Optional but very useful: metal ruler 12” or longer, a cutting mat 8 x 10” or bigger, and an Xacto knife with fresh blade
  • Optional but very useful: bone folder
  • Optional but very useful: damp paper towels, hand towels, or baby wipes in case of glue mistakes and to keep fingers clean

Class Kit Includes:

  • Waxed linen thread
  • Bookbinding needles
  • Paper for interior pages
  • Decorative paper
  • Set of covers
  • Foam brush for applying glue
  • Paper jigs for punching
  • Handouts
We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Kristen Law Lewis was bitten hard by the book bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies in Studio Art at CU Boulder. She's made all kinds of books since, and even created a line of hand bound books that she sold in galleries throughout Colorado under the name Papercuts Press. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, and caring for museum collections. Her artwork - which reveals her deep love for paper, books, and maps - originates in her study of nature, and melds scientific and spiritual habits like collecting. These days she finds herself teaching others the art of bookmaking and loving every minute of it! One of her favorite things about book making is that the definition of "book" is so broad. Can you imagine using a paperwasp nest in a book? Kristen could. Using a rainbow of threads, she carefully stitched the nest to form the cover of a book for the 2011 Eccentric Artists Garden Exhibit in Boulder. She's constantly experimenting. Her latest work is with sewable electronics, which can add light to almost any piece of art. To quote her, "Book making is the perfect combination of craft and technology". Her blog is at