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Fabric and Paper – Pocket Notebooks Online Class March 13

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Fabric and Paper – Pocket Notebooks Online Class
Sunday, March 13, 1:30-4pm MT
Instructor: Kristen Lewis
Limit: 16 students. Includes class kit + shipping
To receive your kit in time for class, register by March 6.

There’s certainly a lot packed into a few hours in this class with local book artist Kristen Lewis! She’s created notebooks in two sizes with two different bindings in addition to the  added a lesson in making bookcloth from fabric. These pocket notebooks make super great gifts, especially with a mini pen, and are easy to carry everywhere. In addition, they’re sturdy enough to take a lot of wear and tear. The techniques are simple, versatile, and a useful addition to your tool kit. The class consists mostly of hands-on work, but Kristen also shows a number of variations to inspire you in adapting her project and making it your own.

So that class time can be devoted to assembling and stitching the notebooks, Kristen provides a detailed video on how to make the bookcloth ahead of time. Use either the supplies in your kit or (what fun!) a favorite fabric you have at home. Making the bookcloth and your covers takes about an hour. Have them ready for class and come prepared to fold, punch, and stitch your notebooks together. These little notebooks are a wonderful – and useful – way to combine your love of fabric with paper!

This online class will be recorded
and made available to class participants for 10 days after the class.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Awl for bookbinding
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Scissors
  • Optional: your own fabric. You’ll need two 9x9” pieces of a sturdy fabric like quilting cotton
  • Optional: your own paper. You’ll need two 9x9” pieces of a sturdy paper like Lokta
  • Optional but very useful: metal ruler 12” or longer, a cutting mat 8 x 10” or bigger, and an Xacto knife with fresh blades
  • Optional but awesome: corner punch for paper

Class Kit Includes:

  • Waxed linen thread
  • Bookbinding needles
  • Paper for interior pages
  • Decorative paper
  • Parchment paper to protect the iron
  • Fabric
  • Interfacing
  • Wonderclips
  • Paper jigs for punching
  • Paper templates for covers
  • Handouts
We ship class kits approximately 2 weeks before the class via USPS Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number (check your spam folder) once your kit ships. Kits can only be shipped within the USA. If you’re outside the USA and would like to take the class, please contact us for information.

Zoom Info

Be sure to look for an email with class details sent out the Monday before the class. The email includes a Zoom link to login, the class agenda, a materials list, and information on any pre-class prep. You’ll also receive a reminder email the day before the class. If you don’t see the class email from us check your spam folder. No email? Double check the email address you entered when you registered. It's on your order confirmation. If there's still an issue, contact

Class Refund/Cancellation Policy

For cancellation made 3 weeks before class we can either issue a refund or apply the funds to another class. We deduct the price of the class kit plus shipping if we’ve already shipped the kit, and we retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled. If you cancel fewer than 3 weeks before the class there is no refund or credit. If Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, we’ll contact you by email and refund the FULL class fee.

Instructor Bio

Kristen Law Lewis was bitten hard by the book bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies in Studio Art at CU Boulder. She's made all kinds of books since, and even created a line of hand bound books that she sold in galleries throughout Colorado under the name Papercuts Press. She later pursued artifact conservation, a second love, and earned a degree in Museum Studies. Kristen mixes her time between sculpture, bookmaking, and caring for museum collections. Her artwork - which reveals her deep love for paper, books, and maps - originates in her study of nature, and melds scientific and spiritual habits like collecting. These days she finds herself teaching others the art of bookmaking and loving every minute of it! One of her favorite things about book making is that the definition of "book" is so broad. Can you imagine using a paperwasp nest in a book? Kristen could. Using a rainbow of threads, she carefully stitched the nest to form the cover of a book for the 2011 Eccentric Artists Garden Exhibit in Boulder. She's constantly experimenting. Her latest work is with sewable electronics, which can add light to almost any piece of art. To quote her, "Book making is the perfect combination of craft and technology". Her blog is at