The Block Printed Journal

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

Handmade journal and block printed patterned papersMonday July 15, 2019: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday July 16, 2019: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Family Fun (ages 13 years – adult)

Block printing is an ancient method of printmaking that can be used to create beautiful, decorated papers. Not only is it fun, but it’s something you can easily do at home. In this two-day class, you’ll experiment with printing and use one of your own papers to cover a handmade journal.

On the first day, you’ll learn how to design and carve rubber stamps that will be used to create your own decorated papers. You’ll focus on basic shapes that can be used for layering and repeating to create rich and complex patterns.

On the second day, you’ll select one of your papers for the cover – you can save your unused papers for other projects. You’ll make a book using a binding that allows the book to remain flat when opened, making it perfect for use as a sketchbook or journal.

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.

Supplies: Bone folder, awl, needle, ruler, X-Acto knife, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, linoleum carving tools. (bring the supplies if you have them – don’t feel obligated to buy anything. I’ll have extras available.)

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

Materials Fee: $15.00

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


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.


Vermont Fall Open Studio Weekend

Blue Roof Designs studio | Montpelier, VT | October 5, 2019

Vermont Open Studio Weekend 2010Saturday October 5, 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday October 6, 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!

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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Women's Festival of Crafts

City Hall | Burlington, VT | November 30, 2019

Blue Roof Designs booth at the Women's Festival of Crafts 2016Saturday November 30, 2018: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday December 1, 2019: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shop locally for the holiday season!

Come and shop at over 50 booths filled with handmade jewelry, pottery, recycled art, greeting cards, clothing, housewares, and more wonderful women’s craft! 

This show is a great alternative to the “usual” post-Thanksgiving shopping insanity. No waking up at 3:00 a.m.!

The Women’s Festival of Crafts is free and open to the public. Thanks for supporting Vermont artists!

For the most up-to-date information about the Women’s Festival of Crafts, please visit their website.


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