*New Workshop* Travelers Notebook Insert Making!

A brand new bookbinding workshop is scheduled for a couple of weeks away!  Join me at the beautiful and inspiring paper goods shop: Paper Plus Cloth for this new 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. Once you learn the skills, you will be able to make all kinds of inserts in different sizes.

When: Sunday April 15, 2018  1pm – 5pm
Where: Paper Plus Cloth, 1340 Queen St. West, Toronto

For more information & to register, please go here.

Sprouts Press + Gotamago

Time for another bookbinding workshop!

This Saturday I’ll be at Gotamago, in the east end of Toronto, teaching a class for beginners.  We’ll learn three different, easy bookbinding techniques and everyone leaves with finished notebooks!

When: Saturday, April 7th, 2018, 11:00am-3:00pm
Place: Gotamago Studio-Shop, 1231 Woodbine Ave, Toronto
*For more information & to register, please see Gotamago’s website.

*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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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.

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.