Dimensions in Leather Conference 2023

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MICHELLE VANDERMEER (AUSTRALIA)


LEATHER-BOUND JOURNAL (CROSS STRUCTURE BINDING)

Michelle Vandermeer - Book Binding

ONE DAY WORKSHOP (SUNDAY).

MATERIAL COST $45.00


Learn how to make a classic leather-bound journal, with your choice of papers inside, handsewn using a traditional binding technique known as "Cross Structure".

In this workshop all materials are provided, and you can choose from a variety of coloured/upcycled leathers, an assortment of different papers for the book’s pages, and a colourful range of waxed-linen bookbinding thread, all coming together to make a unique and personalised soft-cover journal.

Cross structure binding has been around since medieval times, and is distinguished by sections of pages sewn onto the leather 'fingers' of the covers, either leaving the colourful stitching exposed or concealing it behind the spine panel of leather (both styles are taught in this class - your choice of which you'd prefer to make). Front and back covers can also feature mix and matched colours or even different leather types.

Ideal for complete beginners, as well as those who would like to expand their range of bookbinding techniques. You'll be able to examine finished examples of a variety of cross structure leather-bound books and draw inspiration from the variations and possibilities.

All tools and materials are provided as part of the workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own items from home (i.e. A3 cutting mat, a metal ruler, craft/Stanley knife, pencil, awl, bonefolder, and any sheets of fancy/coloured/found papers if you want to use these in your book) Comprehensive instructions and templates are also included, to enable you to continue making more books at home.


JAPANESE STAB BOUND BOOK

Michelle Vandermeer - Japanese Stab Binding

ONE DAY WORKSHOP (WEDNESDAY).

MATERIAL COST $65.00


Learn a variety of Japanese stab bindings, by making at least FIVE different leather covered notebooks using the most widely recognised Oriental bindings: Traditional 4-hole; Noble; Tortoiseshell; Hemp-leaf stitching patterns; and an elegant bound stick binding. We’ll explore how to create the many different Japanese stab-bound books with a variety of threads, leather thonging, and silk ribbon.

This is a great workshop for beginner bookbinders and is also exciting for those who already have experience with western bookbinding because it offers a new set of decorative opportunities. Japanese stab bindings are also an easy and practical way to bind single loose sheets, which is difficult in western book structures.

All materials are provided in the workshop, and you can choose from an assortment of different leather types/textures, papers/card, a colourful range of waxed-linen thread, and also a variety of Japanese Chiyogami papers to make a set of unique and personalised books.

All tools and materials are provided as part of the workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own items from home (i.e. A3 cutting mat, a metal ruler, craft/Stanley knife, pencil, awl, bonefolder, and any sheets of fancy/coloured/found papers if you want to use these in your books) Comprehensive instructions and templates are also included, to enable you to continue making more books at home.

Michelle Vandermeer - Book binding


TWO WRAP-AROUND LONGSTITCH LEATHER JOURNALS
SEWN THREE WAYS

TWO DAY WORKSHOP (FRIDAY/SATURDAY).

MATERIAL COST $90.00

Day 1: Wrap-around leather journal with straight or gathered Longstitch binding.

Day 2: Second wrap-around leather journal with French-linked Longstitch binding.

Learn how to make two of your very own wrap-around soft-leather journals, hand-stitched using Longstitch binding techniques (in 3 variations: straight, gathered, and French-linked) and featuring either a magnetic button or a leather strap closure.

Longstitch binding features a linear pattern of coloured thread sewn up and down the spine directly through the leather, without the need for glue. This simple hand-sewn binding enables the book to open completely flat and makes it perfect for journals, diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks and sketchbooks. And the wrap-around panel and magnetic/strap closures offer the finishing touch!

All materials are provided in the workshop, and you can also bring along your own mix of creative papers (drawing or watercolour paper, coloured or patterned papers, etc) or use something interesting from the variety supplied. Your personal selection of leather, papers, coloured thread, and decorative stitching pattern will be sure to create two very individual and unique Longstitched journals.

Ideal for complete beginners, as well as those who would like to expand their range of bookbinding techniques. You'll be able to examine finished examples of a variety of wrap-around Longsitched books, and draw inspiration from the variations and possibilities.

Comprehensive instructions and templates are also included, to enable you to continue making more books at home.

Workshop Programme
MICHELLE VANDERMEER
Sunday Monday/Tuesday Wednesday Friday/Saturday
LEATHERBOUND JOURNAL
CROSS STRUCTURE BINDING
- JAPANESE STAB
BOUND BOOK
TWO WRAP-AROUND LONGSTITCH
LEATHER JOURNALS

 

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