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The Little Red Leather Journal NEW! In-Store Class Nov 20

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The Little Red Leather Journal NEW! Online Class
Sunday, Nov 20, Noon - 3:30PM
Instructor: Jeff Becker
Limit: 6 students.

Local book artist Jeff Becker has been teaching at Two Hands Paperie for years, and his classes on leather journals are always a favorite. His newest one is a journal that, at only 5x6 inches, is smaller and a comfortable size. For fun, it has a cover made from leather in a bright, eye-catching color – RED! For this journal Jeff teaches the basic Italian long stitch, which is a hand binding that was popular in the 1300s. Each signature of pages is attached directly to the cover by sewing through the leather. The result is a decorative stitch pattern on the spine. The long stitch has become quite popular. It’s straightforward to learn and is a strong binding that travels well. Perhaps more importantly, the pages lay flat when the book is open, making writing and sketching easy. 

Join Jeff and create your own little red journal: tear down large sheets of paper for the pages, assemble the pages into signatures, and then sew the signatures through the leather cover. To personalize your new journal, include decorative end papers and an attached bookmark. A button and some beads add a special touch to the wraparound closure. This little book is a durable journal that stands up to lots of daily wear and tear!

Masks are required for all students and instructors 
(covering nose and mouth). Students will be provided their own set of tools, sanitized between every class session. Due to the size of our class space we are unable to practice social distancing in the classroom. Staff will also be wearing masks. The requirements for store customers will follow Boulder County mask mandates.

Class Materials

Please bring the following materials:

  • Button with shank for the closure
  • Optional: Plain and/or decorative paper to use for end papers: two sheets, each cut before class to 4¾ inches wide by 4-13/16 inches tall.
  • Optional: Favorite ribbon for book marks. 2 ribbons, each 10” long (total of 20 inches) and no greater than ¾” wide.
  • Optional: beads for embellishment

There are a variety of papers and ribbons for you to purchase at the store if you prefer. Also, Jeff will bring additional covers to buy if you’d like to make more journals at home. The covers are $20 each, cash or check directly to him.

    Class Materials Include:

    • Red leather covers
    • Page paper
    • Waxed linen thread
    • Bookbinding tools to use in class

    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

    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, and pARTiculars gallery in Lafayette. His education includes classes at the American Academy of Bookbinding, workshops with local and nationally known binders, and trial and error. See his work on Facebook.


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