Elissa R. Campbell | Blue Roof Designs

Leather journals with the Book Arts Guild of Vermont

In the past week, I talked about my preparations for my teaching gig at this month’s Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting. Well, the meeting finally happened and it was lots of fun.

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There were 20ish people in attendance, which is a bit of a teaching challenge. I totally admire teachers who handle this size crowd on a daily basis – I don’t know how they do it. It takes a lot of energy!

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I taught Keith Smith‘s Diamond X binding, which can be found on pages 246 – 247 of his book 1- 2- & 3-Section Sewings: Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II. I highly recommend that you get the book if you don’t already have it – it has instructions for lots of fantastic bindings.

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I was thrilled when everyone at the workshop completed their books. My heartfelt thanks go to B.A.G. for giving me the opportunity to teach to such a wonderful crowd!

Worktable Wednesday

Next week I’m doing a hands-on presentation at the monthly Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting. I’ll be teaching Keith Smith‘s Diamond X binding using a soft leather cover.

I spent today prepping the kits that I’ll be handing out to participants. First came this awesome leather:

Pile of green leather squares

Green leather

Leather close-up

Then came the anxiety that accompanies such lovely leather – I was really afraid of messing up the measurements. I somehow overcame my fear and just dove into the cutting. This binding has a strap closure that will attach to the back of the journal.

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After the leather was cut, I had to measure out pieces of thread. I chose the green leather to coordinate with some flax thread I won in an auction at PBI. Measuring seems like it should be an easy task…apparently this is not the case for me. The thread went from being in a tidy skein…

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…to a most massive knotted nightmare. I think I spent more than an hour untangling it.

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Then came my handouts. Even though the B.A.G. meeting isn’t one of my longer classes, I decided that I wanted to make cool handouts anyway. These are four pages long and include leather-related resources and references.

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I’m really looking forward to teaching at the B.A.G. meeting. Come on by if you’re in the area – the meeting is on July 9th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. Click here for more information on directions/parking.

Pop-Up Basics class at SPA

I recently taught a Pop-Up Basics class at Studio Place Arts. I had a group of seriously hard-working women in the class and they made wonderful work.

I consider myself fortunate to always have the best students in my classes.

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Participants made models using over a dozen different pop-up techniques. My hope is that this will act as a foundation for further exploration and play.

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Pop-up cards

This class was a new one for me – it was suggested by Sue Higby at SPA. Thanks for the inspiration, Sue!

3 Responses to “Blog”

  1. Maggie says:

    Elissa, this is a great site, very thorough and thought out! I have gleaned the words I need to start the promotion of you as featured artist for Montpelier’s Art Walk.
    Thanks
    Maggie

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