Road Trip to Guelph

Look at these beautiful hand bound, hand painted journals!  This is what students made at Sunday’s workshop at the Guelph School of Art; Painted Longstitch/Linkstitch journals.  If you’ve never been, this is a gorgeous, light filled studio on the 3rd floor of Wyndham Art Supplies in the heart of Guelph.

A big Thank You to everyone at Guelph School of Art, it’s always a pleasure teaching there.

If you missed out and want to join the bookbinding fun, I have more workshops coming up over the next couple of months.  Go here to see what’s next.

Studio Talk: My Favourite Part of Fine Binding (so far)

As part of my 2018 plan to expand my little company and grow my bookbinding skillset, I’m taking classes in Fine Binding!  These classes are offered through CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, ‘cabbage’ for short).  Most of the books I currently make for Sprouts Press are exposed spine bindings; Coptic, Long/Linkstitch, etc.  These new skills will create fancy round backed books with raised cords and leather spines!  If you have no idea what I’m talking about, don’t worry, I’ll be chronicling it all right here in the coming weeks.  For now, here’s my favourite part so far: sewing endbands from scratch!  I think I’m drawn to the pearly sheen of the silk thread, the rich colours and the patterns for wrapping them. 

For more information on CBBAG’s core bookbinding classes, see their website here.

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

This isn’t my studio, and it’s not Sunday, but I don’t care because this was a great weekend of bookbinding.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of teaching my craft to a really wonderful group of people at the Burlington Public Library’s ‘Bookbinding Hub’. We learned the magic of painting your own covers, and turning them into handbound books.

It was a fun afternoon, and look at the results; gorgeous notebooks all around!

If you missed this class and want to join the fun, keep an eye on the Workshops section of my site for upcoming classes.

Studio Sunday

Today’s Studio Sunday is a throwback to a couple of weeks ago when I took a wonderful paper marbling class over at Paperhouse Studio with the talented Liam Blackburn. Last week I promised to continue with the series of posts about the Bradel Binding I was working on (last week was sewn headbands).  I’m so thrilled to be able to use paper I marbled myself as the covers.  This is what the vat looks like just before dipping the paper in.  The washed-out design (with terrible ceiling reflections) is actually the paint sitting on top of the fluid.  We had about 5 minutes to perfect our designs before the paint started falling into the vat, making it impossible to pick up on the paper.  While this wasn’t my favourite design, I did learn a lot from each technique and can’t wait to try it again!

Studio Sunday

This week I’m throwing it back to last week when I practiced my sewn headbands on a Bradel binding.  Just a simple single bead with silk thread onto a single core.  Perhaps it’s because I get to use a needle and thread, or perhaps it’s because of instant gratification (no pressing or drying time!), but I really enjoy sewing headbands.  It’s still fairly new to me, but I am hooked!

I’ll be posting more about this project in coming Studio Sundays.  See you next week for part two!

Studio Sunday

After a bit of a break from it all, Sprouts Press is back and ready for a new year!collageitTo start things off I’d like to introduce my newest retailer; Twist Creations in Quebec!!  This is a lovely boutique, with two locations, that I’m so thrilled to be a part of!  They have both sizes of leather journals, in all the colours.

In other news the first Sprouts Press Newsletter for 2017 will be going out this week.  If you’re not already a subscriber why not give it a try?  I send one email per month about bookbinding, upcoming classes & shows, latest projects, ideas to use your journals, and sometimes contests or giveaways.  Sound like fun?  Go here to subscribe!

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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Holiday production is in full swing here at Sprouts Press HQ!  Yesterday was a busy day of making miniature, wearable books!  Keep your eyes peeled for the finished product, Mini Book Necklaces, to be replenished online soon!

This saturday, September 24, is Etsy Made in Canada!  I’ll be a vendor at the MaRS building in downtown Toronto, find me at booth 47.  Stop by and say hello; along with my other handbound books, I’ll have Mini Book Necklaces too!

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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It seems that I’m spending many Sundays in other people’s studios these days.  And yesterday was no exception.  I was over at Graven Feather teaching a lovely group the Longstitch/Linkstitch binding and the results were beautiful!

I have a few more classes scheduled for the fall, be sure to check my Workshops page to see them all.  Who knows, maybe you’ll start that handmade holiday gift in September this year!  Or maybe taking a class and learning a new skill is the perfect, unique gift for the person who has everything.

Studio Sunday (recapped on a tuesday)

It was a fun, creative weekend over here at Sprouts Press!  After teaching a workshop at CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild) on Saturday, I also spent Sunday there with a lovely group of ladies dyeing various things (really, anything we could find) that most gorgeous shade of blue: indigo.IMG_4267

A sneak peek at the finished stack of hand dyed papers, each a bit different, all unique.
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To see a fun little video inside this pile of papers, head over to my Instagram account and find the Indigo post!!  It’s fun, I promise!!
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Nearly all of these papers will wind up as journal covers over the coming months – keep your eyes peeled on the Sprouts Press Etsy shop.  Or you can visit me in person at one of the three shows I’ll be vending at this fall.

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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Have you taken a look at the Sprouts Press workshops page lately?  There’s a lot of activity going on!  And the next class is this saturday at the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild here in Toronto!

It’s a fun class of dissecting old books and re-binding them into new, blank journals!  It’s aptly titled: Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discarded novel to Coptic journal, go here to see details.

While this class is full, you can still join the waitlist or take a look at the other class I’m teaching at CBBAG later in the fall; the Caterpillar Stitch!  Go here to see that class (aren’t you just a bit curious??)