Well, I FINISHED MY BOOK!!!! last Monday. A few days ahead of schedule, which NEVER happens. I sent it off to the publisher - all 3.5 pounds of it (print out plus five disks) - and then collapsed for the rest of the week. So now the focus is back on teaching and making new pieces. I am teaching two intro level handmade book workshops in Manchester, VT on May 1 and May 8.
The first is:
Hardcover Pamphlet Book
In this workshop we will make a multi-signature (lots of pages), hard-cover book, using the basic pamphlet stitch. This method of book binding is accessible to the novice, and yet produces as substantial, sturdy book that will last a lifetime. Use it as a journal, a sketchbook, or photo album, or give it as a very special personalized gift.
The second workshop is:
The Accordion Fold Book and Beyond
The accordion is probably the most widely used structure for a fold book. And it is no wonder. This technique is easy, endlessly variable, and can be easily combined with other book structures. We will learn the basics of the accordion book, with several variations, and then begin to work on a special type of accordion called a “panel book”. At the end of the workshop you will have several accordion books, as well as several pages of your panel book.
I finished my panel book (as you can see)so I can show my workshop students. It is not as pristine as Elissa's, of course, but it was so fun to do, and I hope to make more of them.