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Japanese Stab Binding Class

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$ 35.00

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Class is rescheduled from Feb 11th to Feb 18th due to family emergency.


Japanese BooksJapanese stab-bound books (aka Yotsume toji, or "pouch books") are an easy way to introduce yourself to the world of bookbinding.

These books differ from Western books in that their pages are folded at the fore-edge and sewn through the loose edges. In the Edo era, they were commonly used for novels and romances, but they can be used for a variety of purposes from notebooks to photo albums.

Materials will be provided, and students will end up with two or three completed books and notes to continue bookbinding at home. No previous bookbinding experience necessary.


Tickets are also available on-site at The Vespiary - cash, checks and credit card accepted.

Cancellation policy

If you are unable to attend a class, please let us know at least 48 hours before the class is scheduled to take place and we will give you credit for a future class. If you let us know within 48 hours of the class, we will refund the class fee less a $15 charge. If you don't let us know in advance of the class, you are not entitled to any refund or credit.


The Vespiary Book Restoration & Bindery 1221 Helen Ave., Missoula, MT, 59801, United States Get Directions


With over 10 years in the preservation profession, Audra started her preservation & bookbinding training at UC Davis. She worked for over 7 years at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library Preservation Department, and got her MLIS from the University of Washington. She is a member of the American Institute for Conservation, The Guild of Bookworkers, and has been operating The Vespiary since 2008, serving individuals, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and more.