Vermont Spring Open Studio Weekend

Blue Roof Designs studio | Montpelier, VT | May 25, 2019

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2010Saturday May 25, 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday May 26, 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Come for a tour of my studio, demonstrations, and savings up to 50% off seconds and discontinued styles. There will also be selection of bookbinding supplies available for purchase.

Children are welcome!

I’m studio #128 in the yellow Spring Event & Resource Guide.

For more information about Open Studio Weekend, please visit the Vermont Crafts Council website.

Directions: Exit 8 off I-89. The exit ramp becomes Route 2. Follow Route 2 with the river on your left. When you reach the junction of Routes 2 & 302, stay on Route 2 for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Gallison Hill Road, at the big Kia dealership sign. Travel 0.8 miles to #846 on the left side of the road. The house is gray with blue trim.

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The Moving Book – Pop-Up Basics

Studio Place Arts (SPA) | Barre, VT | June 15, 2019

Pop-up books by Elissa CampbellSaturday June 15, 2019
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you want to add more magic to your cards and artist books, then give pop-ups a try! Also known as paper engineering, pop-ups use cuts and folds to create motion and energy in paper structures.

Through the creation of a series of pop-up cards, you’ll learn the basics of three-dimensional construction, including box supports, props, and straddles. You’ll then bind these cards into a book, which will become a handy reference for future work.

You’ll receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials we use. No previous experience is required – this is a great class for a beginner. However, you’ll probably feel more comfortable if you have experience using an X-Acto knife.

All materials are included in the materials fee, but feel free to bring materials for use in creating your cards.

Several ideas are:

  • Collage materials (paper)
  • Photographs
  • Rubber stamps and pads
  • Markers, pens, colored pencils, etc.
  • Decorative scissors/punches

Supplies/Tools: Bonefolder, ruler, X-Acto knife, cutting mat, scissors, pencil.

Materials Fee: $12.00

Cost: $50.00 SPA members/$60.00 non-members

Register online or contact Studio Place Arts at (802) 479-7069.


Find Closure

Pacific University | Forest Grove, OR | June 29, 2019

Handmade leather journals with multiple closures by Elissa CampbellSaturday June 29, 2019
Sunday June 30, 2019
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (1.5 hour lunch break)

I’m thrilled to be teaching at the Focus on Book Arts conference once again! This time around, it’s all about closures.

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

Consider this workshop the equivalent of a Closure Dressy Bessy. First you’ll complete a set of two soft cover, leather books (measuring 9.5″ x 6.5″) 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, along with a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Materials Fee: $65.00 (includes leather, paper, thread, and all materials for closures)

Supplies/Equipment: X-Acto knife and extra blades, 24″ metal ruler, cutting mat, pencil, bone folder, awl, scissors, a minimum of two sewing needles, Japanese screw punch (or equivalent) with assorted bits (1.0 – 5.0), small glue brush (0.5″ – 1″), PVA, glue stick, 2″ x 12″ gridded ruler (a quilting ruler would work), weight, small metal triangle.

Registration for FOBA is open until June 1st.


Three is a Magic Number

The Morgan Conservatory | Cleveland, OH | August 3, 2019

Handmade three signature leather journals by Elissa CampbellSaturday August 3, 2019
Sunday August 4, 2019
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

I’m thrilled to be teaching at The Morgan Conservatory for the very first time in 2019!

Have you always wanted to give Keith Smith‘s bindings a try, but the diagrams make your head spin? Then this workshop’s for you! In this two-day workshop, you’re going to work through nine three-section bindings, based on the work of Keith Smith, using only leather, paper, and thread – no glue needed!

Each binding involves sewing pages directly through a leather cover and each creates a different decorative pattern on the spine. These bindings are very flexible and allow the books to open completely flat. You’ll ease into each binding by practicing on a paper template first, then you’ll use what you’ve learned to sew the book. In addition to learning various stitches, you’ll also try out different closure methods for each book.

While all of the bindings include three sections, the last book will include nine – you’ll learn how to adapt a 3-section binding to create a larger book by repeating the pattern. You’ll be binding all of your sewing templates into your final book, and this will be a great reference for future work.

You’ll leave this workshop with a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique and nine completed books. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Supplies/Equipment: Awl, bone folder, 12″ metal ruler, X-Acto knife and extra blades, punching cradle, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, a minimum of two sewing needles, small metal triangle, Japanese screw punch (or equivalent) with 1.5mm, 2.0mm, and 3.0mm bits, gridded ruler (a quilting ruler would work), weight.

Cost: $290.00, all materials included

My workshop is open for registration!

You can check out this Morgan flyer for more information.


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