Summer School!

Summer (bookbinding) school classes have been going well this year!  If you missed last weekend’s class at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, don’t worry – there are more classes scheduled.

The next class is one of my most popular, it’s a one needle coptic binding, with a bit of a twist!  Read on for details.

Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discard to journal

Learn how to craft your own hand-bound hardcover journal using discarded books. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the Coptic stitch to bind the book.

When:  Sunday August 27, 2017  10am – 5pm
Where:  Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw St. #102, Toronto*

*New Location!

For more information & to register, please go here.

Deconstructed and Reclaimed: A bookbinding class

The next bookbinding class I’ll be teaching is a 1 needle coptic stitch, using reclaimed covers from discarded library books.  A great way to repurpose old books!

Want to know what else is exciting about this workshop?  It will be one of the first classes offered at the *brand new* location of CBBAG!!  Woot!

If you’ve been considering taking up bookbinding, this is a good place to start.  I always try to create a respectful and safe learning environment so everyone feels welcome.  I’d love to see you in class!

DETAILS
“Learn how to craft your own hand-bound hardcover journal using discarded books. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the Coptic stitch to bind the book.”

When:  Sunday August 27, 2017  10am – 5pm
Where:  Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw St. #102, Toronto *New Location!

For more information & to register, please go here.

Newest Bookbinding Class: Now Live!

The August bookbinding workshop schedule is now live!  Visit the workshops section of my site to see all classes.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be offering the popular Deconstructed and Reclaimed: From Discard to Journal class at CBBAG again this summer, in the new location!

“Learn how to craft your own hand-bound hardcover journal using discarded books. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the Coptic stitch to bind the book.”

When:  Sunday August 27, 2017  10am – 5pm
Where:  Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 180 Shaw St. #102, Toronto *New Location!

For more information & to register, please go here.

Flexagons: the BEST kind of hexagons!

collageitFlexagons: the blending of a flex and a hexagon into an intriguing and creative piece of paper art.

Join me for an evening of exploration and creativity in a hands on workshop where you’ll not only learn the secrets of a flexagon, but create your very own!!  We’ll be making a variation of a flexagon with 6 faces that are hidden within, and revealed when the piece is ‘flexed’.

What: Flexagons: Inside & Out, a flexagon designing and making workshop!
When: Thursday February 16, 6pm – 8:30pm
Where: CBBAG Bindery (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild), 80 Ward St, Toronto, Ontario

For more information & to register, please go here.

Studio Sunday

dsc_0707While I’m taking a day off today, yesterday I was at CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild).  I was teaching folks the joys of deconstructing old books and making them into new ones using the coptic stitch.

If you’ve missed the first couple of workshops for 2017, don’t worry, there are more coming up!  Just visit the workshops section of my website to see a full list.  If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer your questions via email (sproutspress@yahoo.ca).  See you in the bindery!

Deconstructed & Reclaimed: A Coptic Bookbinding Workshop

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I’ll be teaching the Coptic stitch in this workshop, I’d love if you joined me!  This is the perfect class for those wanting to learn how to make a hardcover book, without the need for a book press.

Learn how to craft your own hand-bound hardcover journal using discarded books. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the Coptic stitch to bind the book.

When: Saturday January 21, 2017  10am – 5pm
Where:  CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild), 80 Ward St. Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

Coptic Stitch Class *New Dates!*

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I’m so pleased to announce that there is a new date for another class of ‘Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discarded novel to Coptic journal‘; one of my most popular bookbinding workshops!

In this class, participants will learn how to craft their own hand-bound hardcover journal using discarded books. This workshop will introduce the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the Coptic stitch to bind the book.

Perfect for beginners or those looking to practice and brush up on their Coptic binding skills, everyone will leave with a finished project.

When: Sunday September 18, 10am – 5pm
Where: Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, 80 Ward Street, Toronto

For more information & to register, go here.

Studio Sunday (on a Monday)

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Have you taken a look at the Sprouts Press workshops page lately?  There’s a lot of activity going on!  And the next class is this saturday at the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild here in Toronto!

It’s a fun class of dissecting old books and re-binding them into new, blank journals!  It’s aptly titled: Deconstructed & Reclaimed: From discarded novel to Coptic journal, go here to see details.

While this class is full, you can still join the waitlist or take a look at the other class I’m teaching at CBBAG later in the fall; the Caterpillar Stitch!  Go here to see that class (aren’t you just a bit curious??)

The Studio on a Sunday

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Today in the studio, I’m finalizing details and such for a really exciting lineup of summer/fall workshops!!

For all those who’ve exhausted the options I offer and have taken ALL my classes (you know who you are!!) I’m happy to announce that there are some new classes coming soon!    There will be some slightly more advanced/intermediate classes.  So now’s the time to whip out your bookbinding tools and brush up!!

To keep an eye on my growing list of upcoming workshops, go here.

Studio Sunday (on a Monday!)

Yesterday was my last bookbinding workshop for 2015!  I’m so happy with the response these classes have received, and how eager people in learning to make their own handbound books!!photo 3_fotorWith that in mind, I’m pleased to announce that there are some new workshops for 2016!  I’ve kept everyone’s favourites and added a couple of new classes (and a new location!) to the roster.  While you don’t have to have any prior bookbinding experience to take my classes, they are great chance to dust off your bookbinding skills and get a refresher in technique.

Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop
When: Sunday January 24, 1pm – 4pm & Sunday March 13, 1pm – 4pm.
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto

Hard Cover Arrow Stitch Journal Workshop
When: Sunday February 28, 1pm – 4pm & Sunday April 17, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto

When: Sunday February 21, 2016.  10am – 5pm
Where: CBBAG (Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild), 80 Ward Street, Toronto
When: Sunday March 6, 2016. 10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 125 Wyndham St. North. Guelph, Ontario.
Pro Tip: Workshops are a great gift for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list, especially if you plan a day of it and take the class together!  (Most of my Toronto workshops start at 1pm, why not go for brunch and then a class?)