Please welcome some new handbound beauties into my Etsy shop: Hand Dyed Fancy Coptic Journals! I think of these two books as being part of the same series because the covers are more sparsely dyed than some of the other hand dyed books. I didn’t put a leather closure on either of them for that exact reason: I didn’t want any hardware to interfere with the composition on the front.
This past weekend was a whirlwind of bookbinding fun! I was lucky enough to teach two workshops in two different cities to groups of enthusiastic participants!! Everyone was eager to learn and share their creative spirit, while supporting one another to create beautiful pieces.
It’s a lot of work to offer these workshops and I often leave exhausted. But at the same time I’m always fulfilled by the joy on everyone’s faces when they realize what they’ve just made. I’ve been told that I ‘make it look so easy’, but I know the angst of the beginner bookbinder; we all started somewhere. To spend a few hours in concentration, hand crafting a book (which can be a bit challenging at times), and then emerging at the end of the class, holding a finished piece that is uniquely your own. Well, it’s magical!
In short, seeing everyone leave with a smile while clutching their handmade treasures is so gratifying. And I thank everyone who’s ever come out to one of my classes, eager and open to learn!
If you didn’t get to attend one of these classes but really wish you had, there are more lined up, please see below. (Please note that the Graven Feather workshop sold out last time. So if you’re hoping to join me for the second round of the Arrow Stitch workshop, register early!)
Hard Cover Arrow Stitch Journal Workshop
When: Saturday November 7, 10am – 1pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.
Coptic Binding Workshop
When: Saturday October 17, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, Brant Hills Branch 2255 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario
For more information please go here.
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Studio Sunday goes on the road today! I’m at Graven Feather giving a workshop on the Arrow Stitch Binding and I’m really looking forward to it! This Queen West gallery/studio is a beautiful and cozy space, perfect for learning a creative skill in a friendly environment!
It’s a sold out event, so if you wanted to join us but missed out, don’t fret. There are other dates coming up this fall, for this workshop and others! Just go here to see a list of scheduled workshops.
That’s right folks, only 2 weeks till Etsy: Made in Canada!! I’m super excited and have been working away on some new items just for the show. No reveals just yet, only a quick note so you can save the date!What: Etsy: Made in Canada Toronto
Where: MaRS Building, 101 College Street, Toronto (right by Queens Park subway station)
When: Saturday September 26, 10am – 6pm.
If you want to get a sneak peek at what to expect, take a look at the vendor lookbook for this year’s show here.
And if Toronto isn’t local to you, check out the main Etsy; Made in Canada page to find a show near you! (This show is country-wide, all on the same day!)
Surprise! I’m happy to announce that Sprouts Press was included in this month’s Q & A Letterbox!! Go here to see the reveal post on their website.
In case you don’t know, Q&A is a monthly subscription of mostly stationery items. There are always 3 cards (usually by local artists/designers) and an extra paper goodie which range from bookmarks to vintage stamps to super mini notebooks!
One of my favourite things about this company: the name ‘Q&A’ isn’t just for cute factor (and the first letter of each of their names). There are actually a series of blog posts on the Q&A website dedicated to mini interviews with each designer who contributes! How smart is that?! Take a look at my questions & answers here.
My contribution: I designed the Gold Nugget Mini Handpainted notebook, pictured above, just for the folks at Q & A (cause they’re pretty awesome!!). Check out their website, here, to learn more and become a subscriber.
Blue, red and green; all summer colours! I know, I’m just sneaking this last collage in time before we officially move on to autumn. You can never have too much summer!
Clockwise from top left:
Painted Quick Notes in indigo, the Indigo Journal, Screenprinted Zipper Pouch with thistles in aqua blue (on sale!!), Elegant Quick Notes with red floral fabric trim, Medium Journal with ribbon in grass green, Bookbinding Kit in green and grey, Ex Libris Bookplate handprinted in emerald, Canadiana Journal in red, Starburst Journal in red Florentine.
Day 336/365This sunday I’ll be teaching the Arrow Stitch Journal, pictured above, at Graven Feather! It’s a hardcover book with fancy spine-stitching and I walk you through all the steps. It’s easy and fun, I promise!Since it’s a hands-on class, everyone leaves with a finished project!
What: Hard Cover Arrow Stitch Journal Workshop
When: Sunday September 13, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather, 906 Queen St. West, Toronto
Cost: $75, all materials included.
If you aren’t able to make it out on sunday, there is another date for this workshop, and others I’ll be teaching at Graven Feather throughout the fall. Go here for details and to register.