From Flat Sheet to Folio
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Thursday March 25, 2021
6 to 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are
Class limit: 15

Referencing historic book layout, we will make a flat sheet of paper into a folio that can stand alone as a card or be bound with more folios to create a book. This method allows for imaging only one side of the paper and the ability to have an image to cross the center fold without interruption. This is a very basic but useful technique for printmakers or anyone who makes flat work on paper and wants to explore a simple but effective way to image pages for a book. Using dry media art supplies, participants will make an image, place some text if desired, fold their folio and bind it into a simple cover using the pamphlet stitch. This workshop is less about structure and more about how to think of content placement.


Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. For more details or to register, please email JCBA Director John Cutrone (


Our suggested tuition rate for this course is $50, but your tuition is Self Determined. Our goal is to make this workshop experience accessible. If your personal financial situation is difficult right now, pay what you can. If you can afford to pay more, we deeply appreciate that. Use our suggested tuition of $50 as your guide and go from there.


• Tablet or computer with Internet connection
• For rough sketches: Copy paper, 8.5 x 11
• For Folios: 3-5 sheets of 8.5 x 11 lighter weight drawing paper (like Strathmore 300 Series Sketch paper 50 lb/74 gsm or Mohawk Superfine 80lb text weight... the paper you used should be able to fold with ease)
• For Cover: 2 sheets of 12 x 12 (we will trim this down) cardstock or cover weight paper, any color you’d like (you can use 90-140 lb art paper if it folds well without cracking). If you understand grain direction, your cover should be 5.5” tall (grain direction going along the 5.5” side) by 12-14” wide, and if needed it could be only 11.25” wide.
• 4 feet of bookbinding thread, linen 18/3 (or button & carpet thread, perle cotton #5 or 8, or unflavored dental floss, waxed or unwaxed)
• Art materials: “clean” dry media, such as colored pencil, pencils, markers, rubber stamps/stamp pads, crayons (should not be wet or smear, so no watercolor or pastels)
• For text: pens, calligraphy tools, rubber stamp or stencil alphabets, rub on letters (size of letters should probably be between 3/8-5/8” high). Any of these would work.
• 2 Binder’s clips, small
• Sewing needle, bookbinder’s or milliner’s (Make sure the eye is not too big. Should be big enough to accommodate binding thread, but not much bigger than the shaft of the needle.)
• Awl or piercing tool
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Cutting mat (or hard cardboard to cut on, like back of notebook pad)
• X-acto knife
• Glue stick (optional)
• Bone folder (optional but helpful)
• Beeswax or paraffin (optional)


Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, with projects that explore themes of weather, history, and rural life, among other topics. Her artists' books are held in public and private collections, have been exhibited in the United States and Germany, and won awards. As a longtime teacher of book arts, she enjoys sharing her knowledge from many years in bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. She has been a Helen M. Salzberg Artist in Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.