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Buttonhole Binding NEW! In-Store Class Apr 13

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Buttonhole Binding NEW! In-Store Class
Saturday, April 13, 10:30am-4pm
 Kristen Lewis
Limit: 6 students. All participants must be 15 years or older.

Class Details:

This newest class from local book artist Kristen Lewis is the Buttonhole Binding. It’s a non-adhesive binding with a thick board cover, exposed sewing, and a “window” on the spine. The name comes from the buttonhole embroidery stitch, which is the pattern used in the binding. The purpose for both fabric and books is to create a distinct, decorative edge. The stitching is a prominent feature. The color of waxed linen thread – complementary or opposite, for example – changes the character of the book. Kristen also offers the option of some colored accent endpages.  

The sewing pattern is straightforward, but yields impressive results. Plus, buttonhole binding is one of the more versatile book structures to add to your tool box. Wait until you see some of the interesting variations! Kristen describes the ways you can easily change up the book as she teaches the basic structure. We were particularly taken with ones where the “window” on the spine is cut into different shapes or extended to the covers. 

You’ll leave class with a completed book, and inspiring ideas for the next one. No prior bookbinding experience is required.

COVID Safety
Due to the limited size of the classroom, social distancing will not be possible. Attendees of the class are welcome to wear masks. Help keep community members and our staff safe, please do not attend the class if you are feeling sick. Please contact ahead of time if you have specific questions regarding class covid safety.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Xacto knife with fresh blades
  • Optional: apron
  • Optional: snacks, waterbottle, something to eat during the short lunch break

    Class Materials Include:

    • All bookbinding tools + scissors, glue, thread, awls, etc
    • Templates, handouts & information
    • Bookboard covers, decorative paper, and bookcloth
    • Precut page paper

    Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

    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.

    Instructor Bio

    Kristen Law Lewis was bitten by the book-bug in the last semester of her undergrad Studio Art studies at University of Colorado. She’s made all kinds of books since - founding Papercuts Press in 2005. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, teaching, and caring for museum collections. She has taught bookbinding classes since 2007 and brings a gentle, engaging, and informative approach to guiding class projects.

    "My work is largely driven by materials and process. I love the challenge of physically incorporating something special into what I make. Upcycling, repurposing, and reducing waste are key interests in my studio practice. I think a lot about where things come from, and where they are going. I'm enamored with material objects - modifying their past significance to construct a relevance for them today."

    Read Two Hands Paperie’s Artist Interview with Kristen

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