More Unusual Accordions
Instructor Stephanie Wolff

Virtual Workshop
Thursday June 17, 2021
5 to 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From wherever you are, via Zoom.
(This workshop will be recorded, and video will be available to registered students for two weeks after the workshop)
Class limit: 15

This workshop covers the folding of three more unusual (non-rectangular) kinds of accordions: a pentagonal, an octagonal, and a circular/toroidal accordion. We’ll discuss covers and wrapper options for these as well and make some if time allows. Our focus will be on making models that participants can use as reference for making more after the workshop. These forms rely on folding rather than hinging paper. In the workshop, Unusual Accordions, other forms are covered: triangular, spiral, and hexagonal accordions. Each workshop is stand-alone and can be taken in any order. No advanced math is required.


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 $65, 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 $65 as your guide and go from there.


• Tablet or computer with Internet connection
• Sharp pencil, mechanical best
• Compass
• X-acto knife and sharp blade
• Cutting mat
• Scissors
• Metal ruler
• Bonefolder (helpful if the tip is narrow) or something else to score with like a (short) knitting needle
• 45° right triangle, metal best so you can cut against, but plastic is fine
• Awl
• Glue stick
• Scrap paper for gluing
• 8.5 x 11 copy paper for notes, tests, and drawing
• 1-2 sheets of card stock and any kind of printer to print out template which will be sent ahead of class


A: (1-3) sheets 1" x 16" paper strip. The grain goes along the 1" dimension, so it folds with ease if folding over to have the short sides meet. You can use anything that folds well and isn't too thick. Sketch paper or 70-80 lb. text weight paper best. Not card or cover weight.

B: (1-4) sheets 9" x 9" paper is best, but 8.5" x 8.5" is okay. Grain can go either way, heavy text weight (like sketch drawing paper) or light cardstock or cover weight paper.

C: (1-3) sheets 2.5" x 20" if possible. If not, then 2" x 16". The grain goes along the 2” or 2.5" dimension, so it folds with ease if folding over to have the short sides meet. You can use anything that folds well and isn't too thick. Sketch paper or 70-80 lb. text weight paper, or 80 lb cover weight that folds well would work.

For some cover options, if there's time:

a: (1-2) sheets 8.5 x 11” card stock or cover weight paper (or can be bigger)
c: Covers (2-4) sheets 4 x 4” card stock or cover weight paper or mat board scrap (or can be bigger)
c: Belt (1) sheet 8.5 x 11 heavy text weight or light card stock


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.