I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be teaching one of my favorite workshops again this summer. My leather journal workshop has been one of my most popular classes in the past, which is great because it's also one of my favorites to teach. And these leather journals are one of my favorite types of books to make.
The class this summer will be a one-day workshop hosted by Watkins Community Education in Nashville. We'll spend the day making a leather bound book from start to finish, and at the end you'll have your very own book bound with the distinctive Italian Long Stitch. And once you've completed your book, I'd love to encourage you to use it as a journal, sketchbook, or photo album. (If you need some ideas for how to fill your freshly-bound book, be sure to visit my inspiration page.)
You can find all the details about the workshop below. I hope to see you there!
Traditional Leather Bookbinding with a Contemporary Twist
When: Saturday, July 23; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Where: Watkins College, 2298 Rosa Parks Blvd., Nashville
Cost: $90, plus $30 materials fee
To Register: Call (615) 383-4848 or sign up online
Learn to bind a soft-cover leather book that can be used as a journal, a sketchbook, or a photo album. Using the Italian Long Stitch style, a historical binding that dates to 14th Century Europe, each student will create a book with a leather cover that features exposed decorative stitching on its spine, and pages that lay completely flat when open. Students will use leather for the book cover and have the option to include interesting contemporary papers inside. The workshop will also include the opportunity to view and handle a collection of professionally made examples. You’ll leave this class with a completed handmade book, and the skills and resources to continue binding at home. No previous bookbinding experience is required.