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September 28, 2011

the workshop was all that I had hoped for, and more!

12 participants, 1 crowded studio and 2 fabulous, intense days

we set to work immediately binding our workshop notes using Japanese Stab Binding.

then it was on to an accordion book and a simple journal with 6 signatures, 4 pages each. that was enough for the first day.

second day focused on an open spine book with fabric covered book board. Eight signatures with the outer craft paper pages in shaded colours.

and a bonus

I decided to place the indigo dyed, shibori pattern on a diagonal avoiding the corners when applying the fusible interfacing and paper, leaving pieces for stitching or bojagi.


wonderful work of other participants. It was a happy workshop with quality materials to work with, an experienced, enthusiastic teacher and a knowledgeable, helpful assistant.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2011 9:30 am

    Ahh, it looks like a fabulous workshop. Seeing handbound books always makes me want to stop everything and make some RIGHT NOW. Interesting using the fusible interfacing to stabilize the cloth. I have always done it with rice flour glue but that takes so long to dry I guess it wouldn’t be suitable for the time constraints of a workshop. Did you find out if fusible is acid free/ archival?


    • September 29, 2011 9:54 am

      many different types and manufacturers of fusible interface.We used very light “stitch witchery” but I have used “pellon” because that is what Capital Iron has. It is fantastic, quick, clean and makes the light weight fabric behave just like paper. I want to lock the doors, turn off the phone and unplug the computer and just MAKE BOOKS!


  2. arlene permalink
    September 29, 2011 9:26 am

    I can see your smile while reading this blog. I can’t wait to see these fine books in person.


  3. September 29, 2011 1:03 am

    wonderful!!and diagonal shibori definitely!


  4. September 28, 2011 11:24 pm

    I am without words, this workshop looks fascinating.
    There is really no limit to what we can learn, and certainly using pretty, interesting fabrics puts book binding into a new light.


  5. Kathy permalink
    September 28, 2011 11:00 pm

    I am glad you had a great time!


  6. Kathy permalink
    September 28, 2011 11:00 pm

    I am glad you had a great time!


  7. September 28, 2011 7:31 pm

    Did you bind the lined woven paper? Gorgeous shibori covers. Did using it diagonally create stretching problems?


    • September 28, 2011 9:04 pm

      the fabric is a fine cotton from Maiwa, it is backed with a fusible interfacing and then tissue paper, then it is used just the same as the papers. Any stretch has been stabilized with the interfacing. I haven’t use the technique on handwoven fabric yet but that is my intention.


  8. September 28, 2011 5:27 pm

    Oh wow Jean, you would have be three days in heaven. Love love all your books creation. It must be the blue Shibori and indigo! I see you have done Coptic stitch binding too. Gorgeous Jean.


  9. September 28, 2011 3:50 pm

    aha! wonderful. your class was really working, looks like a great skill set was taught. i like your shibori on the diagonal, too.


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