Intro to Bookbinding Class - Making Books and a Power Outage!

Last week I hosted a small group at my local library for an Introduction to Bookbinding. We made two books: a pamphlet and a three signature long-stitch bound book.

Workstations waiting for students

Workstations waiting for students

The pamphlet book was a great first step to get comfortable with the materials and tools. Then the long-stitch book showed students how to use an old hardcover book jacket to make a book with your own unique papers inside. 

At the start of class, the sky opened up and a huge clap of thunder knocked out the power for a minute or so. I was thinking, "can we do this by flashlight?", but the power came back on right away and we were off and running. 

Overall it was a great class and we all had a lot of fun! While this first class was a small group, I could manage larger groups. If you are looking for a unique offering for your local library or community center please email me!

Fun sorting through papers

Fun sorting through papers

everyone learning to do the long-stitch

everyone learning to do the long-stitch

Awl work close-up

Awl work close-up

happy students with their new books!

happy students with their new books!

New workshop posted - Intro to Bookbinding in May!

I am pleased to share that I will be offering a bookbinding class at the Merrimac Public Library on May 23, 6:30-8:30pm. Join me to make a few unique items for gifts or to use yourself.

I love working in my handmade journals as sketchbooks, for memory keeping, and for visual journals. At this class I will share examples of how I use the journals we will be making. The first is a simple pamphlet single signature booklet where the cover is just slightly heavier material than the inside pages. This will help you to get comfortable with the materials. Our second project will use old book covers and a long stitch method to bind unique papers into the already existing hard cover binding. I learned about this long stitch method from Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd through her Bookbinding class offered by Get Messy, and I think you will love it as much as I do.

No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided- what could be easier! If you are at all interested check it out on my workshop page at my website and register today!

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Accordion Flip Thru Video

 

I made this accordion flip through in early February following a tutorial from Kiala Givehand, who was the featured artist on Get Messy for the Season of Kindness. I ended up using the journal to hold photographs and sketches from our recent trip to Key Biscayne and the Miami area. I sketched on Strathmore Mixed Media paper, because this paper has a stiffer quality but can handle both watercolor and pen. The photographs were mounted on Strathmore Art Again black paper. Please have a look at my video and subscribe to my YouTube channel to be the first to know about upcoming videos!