*NEW* East End Bookbinding Workshop!

For the first time ever, Sprouts Press will be offering bookbinding classes in the east end of Toronto!!  I’ll be at the stunning Gotamago Studio – Shop on Woodbine, north of Bloor.

In this sampler-style bookbinding workshop students will learn the tools of the trade with easy, softcover bookbinding techniques to create unique, handmade books. Everyone will leave with three finished notebooks, made by (their own!) hand.

Carolyn will share several of the techniques she uses in a class suitable for beginners. Students will create three notebooks using different binding styles and paper selections. These handcrafted notebooks can be used as sketchbooks, diaries, travel journals, or as a special place to gather your thoughts.

*Bonus: While in class, take some time to browse the well-curated collection of handmade wares for sale.

What: Bookbinding Sampler Workshops for Beginners
When: Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Gotamago Studio – Shop, 1231 Woodbine Ave, Toronto

For more details & to register, please go here.

Ex Libris!

I’m so excited for a NEW workshop!!  It’s a bit different than my usual classes, but every bit as fun and rewarding.

Learn how to design, create, and print your own Ex Libris bookplate! In this workshop students will learn basic relief printing techniques, using 3″ x 3″ softoleum blocks and lino cutting tools. Simple designs will be encouraged for beginners. Then students will print their blocks in a small edition of 10, in one colour, creating the perfect adornment for their book collection!

When: Sunday March 25, 2018. 10am – 5pm
Where: Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw St., Unit 102, Toronto.

For more information & to register, please go here.

Sampler Bookbinding Class!

Join me this saturday at the gorgeous Paper Plus Cloth paper shop!  I’ll be there teaching a Bookbinding Sampler class – perfect for anyone looking to learn the craft or expand their repertoire of bookbinding skills.

Learn 3 simple, easy, and decorative techniques to hand stitch your own soft cover notebooks.  First, students will learn about the tools of the trade, then we’ll craft the notebooks.

When: Saturday March 24, 2018. 1pm – 5pm
Where: Paper Plus Cloth, 1340 Queen St West, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.


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Wordless Wednesday 07.03.18


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.

Sprouts Press goes to Guelph!

I’ll be teaching a bookbinding class at the Guelph School of Art in a couple of weeks!  Join me on Sunday, March 4 and learn the Longstitch/Linkstitch bookbinding technique!

We’ll go over decorating paper for covers (as pictured above) and then dive into bookbinding.  Suitable for beginners or those who’ve tried bookbinding before.

For more information & to register (only a couple spots left!), please go here.

Paperhouse Studio + Sprouts Press!

On February 10, I’ll be teaching a new class at Paperhouse Studios: Painted Covers Bookbinding!!  I already love working with the fine folks at Paperhouse, and am really looking forward to introducing this class their.

Join us for a day of unique bookbinding! Students will learn basic paper decorating techniques using acrylic paint and how to bind a variation of the pamphlet stitch, and the bowtie stitch. Everyone will leave with 2 finished, hand bound, customized books.

When:  Saturday February 10, 2018. 11am – 3pm
Where: Paperhouse Studio, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

2018 Workshops!

The first workshops of the year are just around the corner!  Registration is open and I’d love to see you in class.  Beginners are welcome as are more seasoned bookbinders.

Painted Longstitch/Linkstitch
Learn how to hand bind a soft cover book using the Longstitch Linkstitch technique!  First, students will learn basic paper decorating techniques using acrylic paint and a variety of implements.  Then students will incorporate these papers and bind it all into a book using Longstitch/Linkstitch.

When: Saturday February 3, 2018. 10am – 5pm
Where: Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go 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.