Opportunities

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Today I’m talking about opportunities to learn bookbinding.  If you missed registering for one of the classes at this weekend’s Etsy: Made in Canada show*, no worries!  I’ve got several more chances for you to learn the art and craft of bookbinding.

*I am teaching a now-sold out 1-hour class at the show, free to visitors who managed to snag a spot at the pre-registration, which happened online. 

Bookbinding Workshop – Coptic Binding
Learn how to craft your own hand bound, hardcover journal using discarded library books. Deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the coptic stitch to bind the book. Perfect for anyone looking to brush up on their coptic binding skills.
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.

Bookbinding Workshop
In this creative class, students will first learn basic expressive techniques to decorate paper and then how to transform this into soft cover hand bound books.  This is a hands-on class, everyone will leave with two finished projects.
When: Sunday October 18, 10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 12 Wyndham Street North, Guelph
For more information and to register, please go here.

Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop
This workshop will introduce you to the basic process of hand decorating paper for use as book covers, and then how to incorporate it into a hand bound book using the Longstitch Linkstitch technique.
When: Saturday October 24, 10am – 1pm & Sunday December 13, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

Hard Cover Arrow-Stitch Journal Workshop
Learn how to craft your own hand bound, hardcover journal. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to make a hard cover book. Using an arrow stitch to bind the book, everyone will leave with a finished project!
When: Saturday November 7, 10am – 1pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

Big Thank You!

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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.  photo 3_fotor

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!

And of course, a big Thank You to the awesome, amazing organizations that hosted these workshops: Graven Feather and the Burlington Public Library!

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.

Bookbinding in Autumn

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I’m pleased to announce that the Fall schedule of bookbinding workshops is now published on my site!  I’m excited by the mix of different classes and can’t wait to share more with you!

photo 3_fotorThings you can learn:
-How to make your own hard cover journal from scratch, using traditional bookmaking methods!!
-How to deconstruct discarded library books and bind them into new, unique journals!  (bonus: this class happens AT the library!!)
-How to decorate your own paper and then craft it into a one of a kind journal!!

For more information, locations and pricing, please go to the Workshops tab along the top menu bar.  Hope to see you there!!

 

New Workshops!

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photo 3_fotorAs I’m sure many of you know, I love teaching bookbinding workshops.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge of bookbinding and watching everyone’s own personal take on hand-crafting blank books.

So, I’ve teamed up with some of my favourite people and put together some new workshops for you!  Some are still in the works, check back later in the summer, but most are listed below.  Take a look at the list and see if you’d like to learn the incredibly rewarding craft of bookbinding!  And if you’ve already taken a class with me, you have your pick of new bindings to learn!!


Hard Cover Arrow-Stitch Journal – Maker Festival Event!
Learn how to craft your own hand bound, hardcover journal. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to make a hard cover book. Using an arrow stitch to bind the book, everyone will leave with a finished project!

When: Saturday July 25, 10am – 1pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto


Bookbinding Workshop – Coptic Binding 
Learn how to craft your own hand bound, hardcover journal using discarded library books. Deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the coptic stitch to bind the book.

When: Saturday September 12 & October 17, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, Brant Hills Branch 2255 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario

To learn more about Sprouts Press bookbinding workshops, go here.

 

Last Call

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This saturday marks my first workshop at the brand new Bookbinding Hub in the Burlington Public Library!  Registration is nearly full, if you’re interested go here to find out if there’s still room to register.

What: Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workhsop
When: Saturday May 9, 1:30 – 4:30pm (note this is a change from previously advertised start time of 1pm)
Where: Burlington Public Libary: Brant Hills Branch, 2255 Brant Street, Burlington

If you’re not able to make it this time around, or you’re not local to Burlington, no problem!  Just head to the Workshops section of my site to find more classes in other areas of Southern Ontario.

Learn with me

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I’m pleased to share an upcoming workshop I’ll be teaching in Burlington, Ontario: Book Arts 103.

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When: Saturday May 9, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Burlington Public Libary, Brant Hills Branch.  2255 Brant Street, Burlington

Spend the afternoon learning basic of bookbinding techniques and the tools of the trade.  Learn to make a soft cover book using the longstitch technique.  Students will leave with a finished project!

For more information and to register, please go here.