Bind your own notebook with Japanese side stitch

Amsterdam, Steigereiland

Discover the art of Japanese bookbinding and bind your own notebook with Janine, bookbinder and box maker

Rencontrez Janine V
Bookbinder and Box Maker

2.5 hrs of learning with Janine

Knowledge in Japanese bookbinding

Your own bound notebook

35 €  / personne

Déroulement de l'atelier

During this workshop, you will discover Japanese bookbinding from every angle! This traditional technique involving only thread and paper is particularly appreciated in Asia for its minimalist and thrifty aspects. 

Janine is a great fan of her art, and she will happily share her expertise with you during the creation of your own bound notebook.

You will have the opportunity to personalise your notebook as you wish, from thread to cover.

She will accompany you in the creation of the notebook: cutting the paper, measuring, punching... You will complete all the steps with great patience.

Armed with a punch and a needle, you will draw the pattern and prepare the holes before threading the thread to create the binding.

You will learn the basics, but also techniques to go much further!

You will leave the workshop with your beautiful notebook (16 x 16 cm or A5 15 x 21 cm) to take on every one of your adventures! 

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Informations pratiques


2 - 5 pers.


Privat. possible

15 ans min.

Langues de l'atelier

Cet atelier est animé en English, Nederlands

Rencontrez Janine V.

Janine began her career as an illustrator, but soon became obsessed with bookbinding.

After a few years at the Art College, she began creating her own sketchbooks and taught herself bookbinding.

Boxes, cabinets, closets and drawers have always been a fascination. Her graduation project as an illustrator consisted in the creation of an art cabinet, inspired by 17th century cabinets of curiosities, containing a personal collection of curiosities and pieces of her own work (including sketchbooks, illustrations and a screen-printed travel journal).

Through bookbinding (making sketchbooks), she found her way into box making. Janine really enjoys the traditional side of the work, but also keeps her other passion going: story-telling. Her boxes are three-dimensional illustrations of tales and myths, music, animals, a lost love or a family story.

Lieu de l'atelier

L’atelier est facilement accessible en transport en commun.


Aniko V.

Le 31/03/2023
Lovely workshop! I really enjoyed choosing the size and paper for my notebook and binding it by hand. Janine is very knowledgeable and kind. Time flew by! :)

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