I’m teaching at FOBA next year!

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching a class at the 2019 Focus on Book Arts conference! Now that they’ve posted sneak peeks on their website and I see myself there (!!!), I finally feel comfortable giving the scoop.

Here’s the announcement (I just had to take a screenshot):

Focus on Book Arts conference workshop sneak peek

This will be my second time teaching at FOBA. The idea for this workshop actually came out of a discussion that happened in my 2017 workshop.

Here are the details:

Find Closure

Need that finishing touch for your journal? I’ve got you covered!


Consider this workshop the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy.ย First you’ll complete a set of two soft cover, leather books each with a different variation of the long stitch binding. Then comes the fun part – you’ll experiment with a variety of ways to secure those books. You’ll explore ways to use buttons, leather straps, sticks, and metal hardware to create up to 5 closures per book (as time allows).


Bring your own embellishments (buttons, ribbons, etc.) that you’d like to use for closures – there will be time for discussion and problem-solving as a group.


You’ll leave this workshop with two books measuring 9.5″ x 6.5″, along with a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Here are pictures of the finished books (colors will vary in the workshop kits):

Handmade leather journals with multiple closures - closed

Handmade leather long stitch journals - spine viewHandmade leather journals with multiple closures - open

Registration for the conference will open in March 2019. Keep your eyes glued on the FOBA website for more details as they become available.

I hope to see you there!

6 Responses to “I’m teaching at FOBA next year!”

By Kris - 29 October 2018 Reply

Hi, Elissa,

I am so happy to hear that you will be teaching at FOBA and that we can do those cool books and concentrate on the wonderful closures that you have created! Yea!! Hopefully it will work out for me to go and to be in your class.


By Elissa - 5 November 2018 Reply

Kris –

Thanks, though I doubt that I can teach you anything! You have mad skills. ๐Ÿ™‚


By Kris - 6 November 2018 Reply

Thanks!! I learned lots from you in the class at FOBA last time so I think there is lots to learn yet! ๐Ÿ˜Š Kris

By Elissa - 6 November 2018 Reply

Kris –

Hah! I just realized that I confused you with another Kris – I’m so sorry!

Glad to hear that you enjoyed last year’s workshop. These books are much bigger than the other ones.


By Judith Strom - 10 November 2018 Reply

Looking forward to taking your class at FOBA! Thanks so much for the “review” of Hedi’s new book. Can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

By Elissa - 15 November 2018 Reply

Judith –

Woot! I’m psyched you’ll be taking my class!

It was sincerely my pleasure reviewing the book – it’s destined to become a must-read classic.


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