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I’m teaching at FOBA!

I am very excited to finally announce that I’ll be teaching a workshop at the 2017 Focus on Book Arts conference! I would have written about it sooner, but honestly, I couldn’t believe that it was actually happening.

I tossed ideas around for weeks and agonized over my proposal before submitting it. And then I waited. And waited. And waited.

Then the envelope came. It was like applying to college all over again – the envelope was thick, so I figured that was a good sign, right? Yep, it was.

So, what am I teaching?

Well, I’ll be taking folks on a journey through nine of Keith Smith‘s three-section bindings. With each binding, you’ll work on paper templates first, then move on to sewing books with soft leather covers. In addition to learning various stitches, you’ll also try out different closure methods for each book.

These are the actual bindings you’ll be completing in the workshop (leather colors might change):

Handmade three signature leather journals by Elissa CampbellWhile all of the bindings include three sections, the last book will include nine – you’ll learn how to adapt a three-section binding to create a larger book by repeating the pattern. You’ll be binding all of your sewing templates into your final book – this will be a great reference for future work.

Handmade nine signature leather journal by Elissa Campbell

Handmade nine signature leather journal by Elissa Campbell

So I guess it’s really real now. I hope to see some of you in Oregon in June!

If you’re curious what other workshops are being offered at FOBA 2017, you can get a sneak peek on their website.

13 Responses to “I’m teaching at FOBA!”

By Amy - 23 November 2016 Reply

Hi Elissa,

I tried to comment on your blog, but couldn’t get it to work, so I am sending my good wishes this way –

Congratulations! That looks like a fabulous class. I wish I could be there, meet you in person and make all those beautiful books! Have fun 🙂

And also have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Warmly,

Amy

By Elissa - 24 November 2016 Reply

Amy –

Thanks so much! Wishing you happy turkey day as well. 🙂

Elissa

By Amy - 24 November 2016 Reply

Thanks! And now I know how to comment…reply to the email 🙂

By Elissa - 25 November 2016 Reply

Amy –

The comments by email thing is cool, eh? It’s the Postmatic WordPress plugin that does that.

Elissa

By Amy - 27 November 2016

Tres cool 🙂

By Monica/BoomBoxBindery - 24 November 2016 Reply

Congratulations! That is fantastic news!

By Elissa - 25 November 2016 Reply

Monica –

Thanks! I’m pretty psyched. 🙂

Elissa

By daria wilber - 25 November 2016 Reply

This is very exciting news!

By Elissa - 25 November 2016 Reply

Daria –

You bet it’s exciting. 🙂

Now I just have to figure out how I’ll teach and blog about the class at the same time. Maybe I should get a head-mounted camera?

Elissa

By daria wilber - 25 November 2016 Reply

Elissa, Excellent idea! Do you know when they will be posting the info re registration, etc? daria

By Elissa - 25 November 2016 Reply

Daria –

The last conference brochure listed an open registration date of March 1st. I’m guessing that it’s likely to be the same for next year.

Elissa

By daria wilber - 25 November 2016

Thanks!

By Karen Krieger - 27 November 2016 Reply

Hi Elissa,

Congratulations!!! I’m sure that’s a feather in your cap. I’m very happy for you! — Karen

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