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Upcoming Workshops // June to August

May 15, 2018 by Erin Fletcher

Embroidered Leather Workshop
June 16 – 17 (Saturday – Sunday)
9:00am – 4:00pm
Conservation Lab at Texas A&M
College Station, TX

This workshop is presented by the Lone Star Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. During this workshop students will create a sampler of stitches suitable for leather. In doing so, students will develop an understanding for transferring and plotting designs and prepping the leather for covering.

Fundamentals of Bookbinding I
June 25 – 29 (Monday – Friday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA

This is a great workshop if you are interested in the full-time program at North Bennet or wanting to learn a new skill. During the workshop students will explore the basics of bookbinding through a variety of non-adhesive structures and finish the week by making a flatback case binding. We will discuss materials, adhesives, tool use and students will have access to traditional bindery equipment.

Cross Structure Binding
July 14 – 15 (Saturday – Sunday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA

The Cross Structure binding is a non-adhesive structure that offers much freedom to the text block. This 20th century design is greatly inspired by the Long Stitch bindings of the medieval era. It is suitable for conservation or new bindings, such as travel journals or decorative bindings. The structure is uniquely constructed by interlocking the front and back covers at the spine. In this 2-day workshop, students will work on 4 variations of the Cross Structure, creating models in both handmade paper and leather. If time permits, students will have an opportunity to decorate their covers.

Bookbinding 101
July 28 – 29 (Saturday – Sunday)
North Bennet Street School
Boston, MA

​In this two day class, students get a quick introduction to various bookbinding techniques by exploring three different book structures. The class begins with a simple pamphlet and continues with constructing two multi-signature books known as a flatback case binding and link stitch binding. Finally, students construct a box to house all of their creations. This class is a great way to familiarize yourself with bookbinding and is perfect for those who are curious about the craft.

I won’t be teaching any workshops in the month of August, but you can check out my Fall schedule here.

  1. Patricia Balsdon says:

    Hello Erin, i so enjoy receiving your news although I can’t attend any workshops as I live in South Africa. I would love to embroider on leather but have not tried. I have embroidered for most of my life and I would appreciate a tip on how to transfer my design to leather, if you can possibly help by email. In fact any tips would be happily received. Regards Paddy (Mrs)

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