Collecting and Keeping: Chinese Thread Books





Instructor: Jennie Hinchcliff
Skill Level: All Levels
Materials Fee: $40.00
Length of workshop: 2 days



Workshop description: 

Using folding techniques akin to origami, the Chinese Thread Book structure provides endless possibilities for both book artists and printmakers. Used by the Miao women of Southeastern China, these portable book/boxes can carry small items such as thread, textiles, or paper scraps, while maintaining the capability to fold flat. Although practical and beautiful, this ingenious book structure can be challenging in its assembly. In this two-day workshop, students learn clear-cut techniques for creating their own version of the Chinese thread book. By building a series of models, workshop attendees acquire the necessary steps to create multiple versions of the structure. Utilizing a variety of folds to construct containers and pockets, students build both a hardcover and softcover book by the end of the workshop. Additionally, students will be able to plan and design their own Chinese thread book.


Date: Thursday and Friday June 22 and 23, 2017

Prerequisite skills:

How to determine paper grain & match the grain of different book components

How to glue up paper or cloth to cover binder’s board

Students for this class should be comfortable scoring and folding paper

Knowledge of Origami is useful as well as ease with fractions/decimals.


Materials/equipment to be supplied by student:
X-acto knife with extra blades
bone folder
burnishing tool such as a Grifhold Burnisher Set (available online via Dick Blick)
right-angle triangle (small or medium size)
inexpensive small, flat, bristle brush for glue
a pair of full-sized sharp scissors
bookbinder’s awl or an icepick
rubber stamps or additional drawing tools for creating imagery


Materials/equipment to be provided by instructor:
instructional handouts
sample books
Davey board
decorative papers
cover stock
book cloth in a variety of colors
a limited selection of art tools and supplies such as colored pencils, rubber stamps, inkpads

Collecting and Keeping: Chinese Thread Books Materials $40.00
Location Focus on Book Arts
1928 21st Avenue
Forest Grove OR 97116