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Blizzard of Blizzards

Studio Place Arts (SPA) | Barre, VT | March 9, 2019

Blizzard book and variationsSaturday March 9, 2019: 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

If this winter is giving you the blues, here’s a reason to like it a bit more – book artist Hedi Kyle’s famous Blizzard Book was invented during a snowstorm!

This gem of a book has a spine made of folded pockets that lock pages into place without using adhesive. The folded components can be modified to create other structures that Hedi affectionately refers to as the Blizzard Clan.

In this workshop, you’ll start by making the book that started it all, the Blizzard Book. As time allows, you’ll complete up to five variations including the Blizzard Box, the Blizzard Pocket, and the amazing Wheel of Fortune. All of these structures are intended to house your choice of content – for example, business cards, ticket stubs, or fortune cookie fortunes.

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

Experience in origami is helpful, but not required.

Supplies: Awl, bone folder, metal ruler, X-Acto knife, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, glue stick or roller adhesive. (bring them if you have them – don’t feel obligated buy anything)

Cost: $30.00 SPA members/$40.00 non-members

Materials fee: $10.00

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

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Find Closure - Part 2

Studio Place Arts (SPA) | Barre, VT | April 6, 2019

Handmade leather journalSaturday April 6, 2019: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 soft cover, leather book using a 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 sticks, buttons, leather straps, 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 one book measuring 9.5″ x 6.5″, along with a detailed handout and resource list for all materials used.

Materials/Equipment: Bone folder, scissors, X-Acto knife and extra blades, 24″ metal ruler, awl, cutting mat, pencil, a minimum of two sewing needles, Japanese screw punch (or equivalent) with assorted bits (1.0 – 5.0), small glue brush (0.5″ – 1″),  small metal triangle. Bring the supplies if you have them – don’t feel obligated to buy anything. I’ll have extras available.

Note: The first Find Closure workshop is not a prerequisite for taking this one. Everyone is welcome!

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

Materials fee: $30.00

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

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The Phabulous Photo Album

Bayside Activity Center | Colchester, VT | April 18, 2019

Handmade photo albumGet your pictures off your phone and into your hands!

In this workshop, you will learn how to create an elegant hard-cover photo album using bookcloth and handmade paper – this is a wonderful keepsake that can hold 4” x 6” photos from your recent vacation or family holiday gathering.

Each participant will leave class with a completed photo album and a basic knowledge of bookbinding technique. You will receive a detailed handout and resource list for all materials we use.

No previous experience required – this is a great class for a beginner. You can even bring in your own cover materials to customize your book. All tools and materials will be provided.

Cost: $63.00 (R) / $68.00 (NR)

Registration is available online. You can also download a pdf of the registration form and mail it in with your payment.

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Find Closure

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

Handmade leather journals with multiple closures - closedSaturday 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 not yet open. Stay tuned to their website for the most up-to-date information.

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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: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (tentative)

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.

Materials Fee: $50.00 (Includes leather, paper for pages, thread, paper for templates/jigs, and all materials/hardware for closures.)

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.

Registration is not yet open. Stay tuned to their website for the most up-to-date information.

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