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CENTIPEDE STITCH with Daniel Essig March 14 & 21 , 2021 12:30-3:00p.m. ET 
with Daniel Essig
Virtual Two-Part  Demonstration Workshop using the Zoom Platform
March 14 & 21 | 12:30-3:00p.m. ET 
I am only teaching the centipede stitch in this two session zoom workshop
We will NOT be binding the main book as seen in the example
The centipede stitch is based on the caterpillar binding described in Keith Smith’s Non- Adhesive Bindings Volume III Exposed Spine Sewings.   Redesigned to act as a secondary (non-structural) sewing, I attach the centipede to a fully completed and sewn book structure. I used this ornamental sewing of the centipede binding to create a more consistent and striking visual stitching effect. The Centipede stitch can be easily be adapted to resemble vines and stems. We will first master the stitch on a practice board, learning different ways to start the stitch and also explore techniques for sewing with multiple colors. Durning the second zoom session we will learn how to attach the binding to a finished book of your own. Wooden Coptic Books or the Treasure Binding will work perfectly. Most handmade books with an open spine will also work.
Materials students need to gather
Hand drill and/or Dremmel, (flex shaft with drill press is helpful but not essential)
#55 or #53 drill bit
pair of jewelers pliers-smooth jaws.
(set of 4’’ spring dividers helpful but not essential)


  • Participants must have the ZOOM video platform downloaded on a computer or phone. It’s easy! Download here.
  • Participants must have reliable internet access and a computer or phone with sound recording and web-cam capabilities to participate.
  • Once registered, students will receive a video meeting code along with simple ZOOM instructions.
  • Purchase includes a material fee that covers items shipped by Daniel Essig. You can find the list of additional supplies you will need to bring to the workshop here.
  • Participants will have access via Zoom to viewing the recorded demonstration for 30 days.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable but are transferrable with a $25 transfer fee.