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Sumptous Suede Journal — Stampaway 2013

Sumptuous_Suede_Journal

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 binding.com 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.

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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

And,
“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!

A Holiday Cookbook

Saturday, November 10, I’m teaching “A Holiday Cookbook” workshop at the Mascoutah Public Library. This is a free workshop for Mascoutah residents, or $20.00 for non-residents.

The cookbook has 6 pockets and 36 blanks pages to hold your holiday favorites.

For more information, please call the Mascoutah Library: 618.566.2562.

Autumn Chain Stitch Journal Workshop — September 15

I’m teaching September 15 at Prairie Art Stamps in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, follow the link under “My Favorite Links” to the right of my blog.
 
Autumn Chain Stitch Journal
 
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012 working news pic
 
Time: 12:00 – 3:30
 
Cost:$35.00
 
This workshop features an interesting “twist” on traditional binding. You’ll use a Cuttlebug embossing folder to create a “one of a kind” cover for your journal and learn to assemble the book using mixed media paper and matboard. We’ll highlight the embossing with ink. The waxed linen for the chain stitch, text wrap paper and the ink for the cover will be gorgeous, rich co-ordinated autumn colors. The chain stitch binding is elegant and easy. It’a a stitch you will want to use again and again because it is so lovely and versatile. This is a 5 section journal… nice and chunky with lots of room for notes. Please bring scissors, bone folder, awl or Japanese Screw Punch, and a ruler. There will be several embossing folders available for you to use, but if you have a favorite you are welcome to bring it. 

My First Handmade Book

This is the first handmade book I made in September 2005. I had admired many of the lovely handmade books at Prairie Art Stamps in Springfield, Illinois. When the next class was offered, I signed up. I loved making this book and have been captivated by hand bookbinding ever since!
This book is a simple long stitch binding and the cover is Japanese Yuzen Washi paper. Looking back, I see beginners “problems.” But considering that I really didn’t know what I was doing or know anything at all about bookbinding, I’m proud of the results.
My teacher was Angela Finet, owner of Angela’s Happy Stamper in Reston, Virginia. Angela is an accomplished bookbinder and a wonderful teacher. I always remind her that she is the one who got me “hooked” on bookbinding.

 

A Casebound Guestbook

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Inside the front cover of A Casebound Guestbook

A Casebound Guestbook

A Guestbook for a Wedding

I created this casebound guestbook for my cousin Nancy & Bill’s wedding, August 2012.

The cover paper is a screen print made in India and the spine is Japanese bookcloth.

I used German Scrap to trim the front cover. Popular in Victorian times, it is still made in Germany and still a lovely accent.

 

 

 

I love cats and books and bookbinding! Until I post some of my own work, please enjoy this little cat.

LillyArt is named after my little grey cat Lilly. I’ll post her picture here, too.

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