Bookbinding: Buttonhole Stitch
Instructor: Bari Zaki
Two-Week Class • 4 Lessons • $65
Class Dates: October 24 – November 2, 2017

In this class we will be making a beautiful handmade journal using the buttonhole-stitch technique – a non-adhesive style binding.

It’s a delightful binding style (no glue!) and the book we’ll make is wonderful for journaling, sketching, doodling, drawing, or to use as a photo album or keepsake book. With the little window on the spine, it might be fun to alternate the colors of your pages. It also makes for a great gift anytime of the year!

I look forward to sharing my love of paper and making books with you in this two week course!


For details and to sign up, click HERE!


Class Itinerary:

Lesson 1 – Folding Signatures

Lesson 2 – Creating the Book Cover

Lesson 3 – Sewing Your Book

Lesson 4 – The Finish


Bari Zaki has been a professional bookbinder for 28 years, and a paper person her entire life. Her dad, a printer, regularly brought home paper in various forms: stacks of paper, scraps of paper, pads of paper…and assorted printed samples. This was her FAVORITE part of the day.

In Bari’s bedroom she had a little walk-in-closet, where she often hung out for hours, amusing herself arranging all her paper samples. She still thinks of her bookbinding studio as a larger version of that closet. Bari attended the University of Iowa for a couple of years, but continued to feel restless and decided to come back home to Chicago. It was there she met a friend for coffee who had brought her a blank journal. The friend had made the first entry; a doodle with an endearing sentiment, and it was that afternoon she refers to as her “Dorothy Moment.”

She instantly sought somewhere to learn about bookbinding and discovered Artist Bookworks (which has since become Columbia College’s Book & Paper Arts Graduate Programme). After completing various classes and workshops in a wonderfully Bohemian milieu, Bari opened Ardour Bookbinding, now Bari Zaki Studio; Bookbinding Studio & Shop, where she now offers a range of classes in Hand-bookbinding, Calligraphy, Paper-marbling, and Drawing. Today, her long-term clients include photographers, galleries, writers, celebrants and paper people – appreciators of hand-crafted objects and beautiful presentation.


These handmade journals would make wonderful holiday gifts. Class begins October 24th… Sign up today!