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Strappy Journal workshop at Beth Jacob Synagogue

I have been in a total workshop-o-rama lately – it has been chaotic, but I’m loving it!

This past weekend, I taught my Strappy Journal workshop at Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, VT.

Strappy Journal workshop at Beth Jacob Synagogue - February 2012

I got to work with a lovely group of 10 women. We were a cozy bunch!

The Synagogue is taking part in a community-wide book read which includes People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. I have meant to read this book for a while now. It’s about a woman tasked to work on conserving a Sarajevo Haggadah. Embarrassingly, I usually only read books about bookbinding (the non-fiction kind).

Student sewing a text block over leather straps

I really enjoy watching people sew. This particular binding, once you get the hang of it, offers a meditative sewing experience. Folks in the workshop seemed to pick up on it pretty quickly.

Strappy Journal workshop at Beth Jacob Synagogue - February 2012

I love that the Synagogue chose a craft workshop that related to their book club reading. There’s so much potential in teaching workshops in nontraditional settings. I hope I have the opportunity to do more of it!

2 Responses to “Strappy Journal workshop at Beth Jacob Synagogue”

By Marianna - 15 February 2012 Reply

As a book conservator, I loved reading The People of the Book. There are some great parts in it about book & paper conservation, I think you would really like it Elissa. Looks like your workshop was great fun.

By Elissa - 28 February 2012 Reply

Marianna –

One day I will read it. I hereby declare it to all who read this blog. Declare! Declare!

Elissa

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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