Italian Long Stitch on Leather
Sunday, September 8th, Noon-4pm
Instructor: Jeff Becker
We love the rough, irregular look of this leather journal from local book artist Jeff Becker. It features the Italian long stitch, a binding in which the book’s signatures are sewn directly through the leather cover to form a decorative pattern on the spine. The long stitch dates to the 1300s and was particularly popular in the medieval period. The stitch was eclipsed for a while by other bindings but has experienced a resurgence because it’s strong and travels well. It also lets the pages of the opened book lie flat, making writing and sketching easy. You’ll literally create the journal from start to finish by tearing down large sheets of paper to create pages, assembling the pages into signatures, and then sewing the signatures into the leather cover. End papers and an attached bookmark are extra touches that add to the book’s character. To personalize your new journal, embellish the wrap closure with a button and large beads. This is a durable journal that’s meant for use. It stands up to lots of daily wear and tear!
Please bring the following materials:
- Button with shank for the closure
- Plain and/or decorative paper to use for end papers: two sheets, each cut before class to 9-1/2” x 7”. Grain is not important.
- Favorite ribbon for book marks. 2 ribbons, each 16” long and no greater than ¾” wide.
- Optional: beads for embellishment
- Note: Jeff will bring additional covers to sell directly to students at $15 each – cash or check directly to him.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Jeff Becker experimented with different media for years before discovering the book. He was immediately drawn to the possibilities of the form: how binding serves as an introduction to the content; the effect of structure on movement; the delightful anticipation one experiences when turning a page; the subsequent surprise or resolution; and how all the senses are involved when one handles a book. Jeff has been making journals ever since, and currently teaches workshops for Two Hands Paperie, The Book Arts League, the pARTiculars gallery in Lafayette, and the Lafayette Library. His education includes classes at the American Academy of Bookbinding, workshops with local and nationally known binders, and trial and error. See his work at http://www.fatcactusstudios.com.