Brown Bag Journal – part 2

Pearl City Clay House is excited to announce a series of FREE community workshops at the Prendergast Library,  funded by the Murray L. Bob Educational Initiative.

The first of these workshops, to create a hand-bound blank journal, will take place over two evenings in March – March 8 and March 22. In order to complete the project you must be available both nights.

Our resident book and paper artist, Deb Eck, will guide participants as they learn a long stitch binding. Longstitch is a versatile and attractive method of sewing multiple signature books that open easily and can be adapted in a variety of ways. This traditional style of binding originated in Germany, and was in use between 1375 and 1500.  We will use some contemporary recycled materials, including a brown paper lunch bag, to replicate this glue- free binding.

The workshop will cover basic bookbinding terminology and techniques, and students will make the structure along with the instructor. Students will fold, mark up and punch signatures, construct a paper case from a brown lunch bag,  and sew the long stitch structure. Students will gain the skills to continue making books on their own at home with minimal equipment.

While the events are free, space is limited, and you must register by calling 716-484-7135, ext. 226 or by emailing 

Long Stitch Binding

Join our resident book and paper artist, Deb Eck, celebrate Earth day, and learn a traditional style of binding which originated in Germany between 1375 and 1500.  We will use some contemporary recycled materials to replicate this glue- free binding.

THIS CLASS REQUIRES A KIT – you can find it in our online shop here.



Class Guide

  • Root

    Beginner level classes suitable for everyone.

  • Shoot

    Ready for a little more of a challenge?

    These classes build on skills from root level classes – but may still be suitable for those with little experience. Not sure if the class is for you, just ask us.

  • Bloom

    Get ready to REALLY grow your skills!

    Classes for students with experience. Our teaching artists will identify what skills you should already have. If you are unsure if a class is for you, please ask, we’d be happy to help you!

  • Refund Policy

    Please be advised that all ticket sales are final. We only offer exchanges or refunds in the event that the class is cancelled by Pearl City Clay House. We appreciate your understanding and support!