Next weekend, I'll be teaching the above workshop and projects at Benedictine College in Lisle, Illinois for the Chicago Calligraphy Collective. We'll be making a collection of 3 Japanese stab bound books along with a custom slipcase, as well as the Buttonhole Book, a lovely case bound book with cut-out openings across the spine, bound with the buttonhole stitch. There are also a few surprises in store which I won't go into here; if you like working with paper, you'll love the bonus!
In preparation for the slipcase, I'm busy in the studio today making book cloth from a fabulous stash of Japanese fabrics that I acquired at the quilt show last month in Chicago. I am taking photos as I work and will post a little "how-to" on making your own book cloth in a future blog entry.
This is the only class I am teaching this summer during my sabbatical, and I understand there are still a few spots left. If interested, you can view the details at the CCC website (see link at right). You don't have to be a member to take the workshop, and you don't have to be a calligrapher, although some of this might rub off on you when you hang out with these talented folks. Book virgins (never made a book before) are also welcome; you'll be amazed at what you make your first time out. Hope to see some of you there!