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Stampaway 2015 — “Come Away with Me” Luggage Journal

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This workshop is really special . . .

“Come Away with Me” Luggage Book
Thursday, August 6 8:30-11:30 AM

Details galore adorn this book created with the Graphic 45
“Come Away with Me” collection. Open the functional
metal clasp that resembles a luggage clasp to find a two
section journal and journaling cards. Students will create a
functional leather handle on the spine of the book. There
will be several choices of scrap to use to trim the inside.
Class includes written instructions and all materials. Jan is a
bookbinding master and a graduate of Hollander’s School of
Book and Paper Arts.

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Stampaway 2015 — Jute Bound Journal

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Thursday, August 6 2:00-4:00 PM

You’ll select a beautiful piece of handmade paper featuring
rich Autumn colors to use as the cover. The binding sewing
uses orange Irish Linen sewn over two types of Jute ribbon.
Colored cork will finish the inside of the book. This fat book
is seven sections with a lovely ivory text weight paper and
a heavier kraft card stock. A little tassel of Czech glass beads
decorates the spine and is actually a part of the spine
sewing. Class fee includes written instructions and all
materials needed. Jan is a bookbinding master and
graduate of Hollander’s School of Book and Paper Arts.

Stampaway 2015 — Silver and Suede Journal

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Silver and Suede Journal
Friday, August 7 4:15-6:15 PM

Students will choose a piece of colored suede for their
cover. This five section journal is sewn with a fine linen
which causes the beads to appear to be “floating” along the
spine. A large center bead is bracketed by two Czech glass
beads. A heavy paper for the sections adds to the heft of
this journal, which opens perfectly flat. Class fee includes
written instructions & all materials needed to complete one
journal. Jan is a bookbinding master and a graduate of
Hollander’s School of Book and Paper Arts.

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April 25, 2014 – Big Button Book with Jan Lill Worms at USArtQuest in Chelsea, Michigan

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Date:               Friday, April 25, 2014

Time:               10:00 – 1:00pm

Participants will learn two bookbinding stitches by creating this adorable chunky little book with a big button closure. The handmade paper choices available for this book are nearly endless! Participants will select a favorite paper from Art Papers Online’s wonderful warehouse and a coordinating big button. The text sections are sewn using a decorative “barber pole” stitch. The fore edge of the book is trimmed with a hand sewn “machine stitch.”

Irish waxed linen and beads will be used to create the tie closure and participants will learn how to finish the tie end with a small ornamental tassel. There’s lots of learning packed into this charming project!

Class Fee: $38 all materials included

No experience necessary

Follow the link to the right to register!


I will be teaching at USArtQuest in Chelsea, Michigan!

Please visit for pictures and registration information or follow the link to the right.

How to follow my blog

I am so pleased that several of you are interested in following my blog! On a day set aside for Thanksgiving, I am truly thankful to each of you and sorry that figuring out how to follow my blog is a bit challenging.

In the center of the far right column is a section “Follow this blog via email,” and a box for your email address. Please enter your email address in the box and you will be following my blog. (I don’t see your email address . . .)

Sumptous Suede Journal — Stampaway 2013


I taught this lovely cross structure journal at Stampaway on the first workshop day, Wednesday, August 7,

There is debate whether the Italian Cross Structure binding is a historical model or a contemporary creation inspired by study of a historical long stitch model. The Italian bookbinder, Carmencho Arregui, is credited with either its creation or re-discovery. You can explore the website, www. outof and see the work of this bookbinder and pictures of his 1992 Cross Structure binding. Arregui has developed four or five more complex Cross Structure bindings, as well. The structure we created in this workshop is a simple model.

Stampaway 2013

I am so honored to have been one of the instructors at Stampaway 2013. Today, I received two evaluations from participants in my workshops. They made my day! Some of the comments . . .

“As with last year, my experiences in Jan’s classes are perfection. She offers everything that I want in a class — high quality materials, a properly assembled kit, WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS, a proper supply list of items we need to bring, and last, but not least, clear and patient teaching. Everyone was able to complete their books and everyone winds up with a gorgeous finished project plus written instructions so that they can make another book in the future. Absolutely your best class offering.” — Anonymous

“Class started on time. Jan was very nice and did a good job instructing us throughout the class. I wished I had signed up for some of her other classes and hope she is back next year.” — “R”

Ladies, thanks so much for the kind words. You are the best!


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