The Art & Craft of Tiny Books: A Workshop

Next weekend I’m debuting a brand new bookbinding class: The Art & Craft of Tiny Books.  There are still a few spaces so I wanted to invite you to join in the fun!  

It’s a two day class, and we’ll explore 4 different structures, each one teaching different bookmaking skills.  We’ll re-purpose old books, use fancy papers, and bits and remnants from previous projects.  

Of course, this means that there will be time to play with materials and personalize your set of books, making them perfect for gifting or keeping.

Everyone will leave with at least 4 finished mini books, but likely more as time permits.

If I’ve piqued your interest, here are the details you need:

When: Saturday & Sunday December 1 & 2, 2018 (10am – 5pm both days)
Where: CBBAG Bindery, 180 Shaw St.

For more information & to register, please go here.

*Please note that registration closes Wednesday at 11:59pm.

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New Autumn

Normally, this time of year, I’m in the thick of One of a Kind Show prep, set-up and organizing booth helpers.  It’s all about schlepping my product to the show, planning meals for days and how on earth I’m going to balance the online shop with 11 hour days at the show.  My heart goes out to all my amazing colleagues steeped in that world right now! Today is the opening day of this year’s One of a Kind and many makers are eager to share that part of their souls that is their creations!  Go and say Hi, wander the aisles and see what your local artists, designers and makers have been up to these past few months.  Trust me, it’s worth your time.  I’m going!  As a visitor.

But for me, this year is a bit different. I’ve decided to take a break from that show and focus on smaller shows that spotlight my craft specifically, and the Etsy teams I’m a member of.  And I’m even trying out a new show hosted by one of my most favourite printmaking/paper shops in the city (so exciting!!).

Take a minute and check out the Upcoming Shows section of my website to see where I’ll be selling my wares in person.  I’d love to see you there – stop by and say Hi if you can!

Don’t forget that I’ve got an awesome Cyber Week Sale going in my Etsy shop till November 26, 2018!  Go here for details.

Cyber Week Sale!!

Pssst!  Heads up about next week!!

Sprouts Press is having an EPIC cyber week sale this year!!  

20% off everything PLUS free shipping!!  Woot!!  I’m so happy to be able to finally offer free shipping, this is something I’ve really wanted to offer all you fantastic, book-loving people!!  Read on for details.

From November 20 – 26, 2018 my whole shop will be on sale, and free shipping will be applied at checkout.  That’s right, no coupon codes or secret passwords – it’s for everyone!!  Enjoy!!!

DETAILS
-Sale applies to my entire Etsy shop: sproutspress.etsy.com.
-Items will already be marked down in my etsy shop – no need for coupon codes at checkout.
-Free shipping is for everywhere – it’s for everyone!!
-Sale runs from November 20 – 26, 2018.
-All sale purchases are final sale.

Go here to start browsing!

New Bookbinding Class – this December!

My newest bookbinding class is open for registration!  It’s a fun one that I’m really looking forward to, something a little different than I normally teach, but love making for myself.

“The Art & Craft of Tiny Books” is the title of the class, and it’s running this December – less than a month away!
A bit more about the class:

This two-day class explores 4 different mini book structures, each teaching different bookmaking skills.

We’ll re-purpose old books, use fancy papers, and bits and remnants from previous projects. There will be time to play with materials and personalize your set of books, making them perfect for gifting or keeping.

Everyone will leave with at least 4 finished mini books, but likely more as time permits.

When: Saturday December 1 – Sunday December 2, 10am – 5pm each day.
Where: CBBAG Bindery, 180 Shaw St., Toronto

For more information & to register, please see the CBBAG website here.

Etsy Made in Canada!

I’ll be back at the Autumn edition of Etsy: Made in Canada, held at the MaRS building here in Toronto.

I’ve participated in every single Etsy Made in Canada show, this year being the 5th anniversary!! Save the date, it’s gonna be a good one!

When: Saturday September 29, 10am – 6pm.

Where: MaRS Discovery District, 101 College St, Toronto.

For more information, please see the show site here.

New Bookbinding Class – This Fall!

I’ve got a brand new class coming up!  It’s for all of you who know the basics of bookbinding and are looking for the next skill to build on what you’ve already learned.

It’s a two day class, and I’ll teach a variation of the Coptic stitch, and some fun contemporary variations of stab bindings.  I’ll also be teaching two different styles of hard covers!!

What: Coptic & Stab Bindings: Exposing the Possibilities
When: Saturday September 15 & Sunday September 16, 2018: 10am – 5pm
Where: CBBAG Bindery, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto

For more full details & to register, please go here.

Last Spring Bookbinding Workshop!

This Saturday I’ll be teaching the last workshop of Spring 2018.  And it’s at the gorgeous studio shop, Gotamago!  I’d love to see you there, read on for details.

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.

What: Bookbinding Sampler Workshop for Beginners
When: Saturday June 9, 2018.  11am – 3pm
Where: Gotamago Studio Shop, 1231 Woodbine Avenue, Toronto

For more info & to register, please go here.

Teaching in Beautiful Spaces

Raise your hands if you’ve ever found yourself in a beautiful space that made you just stop and take it all in.  Bonus points if you looked up and noticed an equally beautiful ceiling.

(Photo by Gotamago)

If you haven’t yet been to Gotamago’s Studio Shop, I highly recommend it!  It’s a space they renovated themselves, and it’s as stunning as Lichia’s paintings and illustrated goods.  It’s also where I’ll be teaching the next Sampler Bookbinding class, on June 9.  I’d love to see you there!

What: Bookbinding Sampler Workshop for Beginners
When: Saturday June 9, 2018  1pm – 4pm
Where: Gotamago Studio Shop, 1231 Woodbine Avenue, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

East End Folks: Upcoming Bookbinding Class!

I’ll be at the gorgeous studio-shop of Gotamago on June 9 teaching the popular Bookbinding Sampler class.  If you missed it last time, now’s your chance!

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.

What: Bookbinding Sampler Workshop For Beginners
When: Saturday, June 9, 2018, 11:00am-3:00pm
Where: Gotamago, 1231 Woodbine Avenue, Toronto

For more information and to register for this class, please go here.

See you in class!

Join us this Sunday for an afternoon of paper fun! In this class students will learn how to hand stitch your own Travelers Notebook inserts.

First, students will learn about the tools of the trade, then we’ll craft the notebooks in an easy to follow book binding method that is suitable for the Travelers Notebook REGULAR SIZE. We will have a selection of papers (grid, craft, etc), that will make for some amazing customized notebooks for your TN. One you learn the skills, you will be able to make all kinds of inserts in different sizes.

Suitable for beginners, everyone leaves with as many 4 or 5 inserts as they can make in the time allotted.

What: Travellers Notebook Insert Making – a Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday April 15, 2018.  1pm – 5pm
Where: Paper Plus Cloth, 1340 Queen Street West, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

(photo: Paper Plus Cloth)