(And I’m not talking about JoJo!)

I have long wanted to try my hand at book binding, and last week, I finally gave it a try! I’m taking part in Fodder School this year (the new Fodder School session just started; it runs from October – September each year), and the first project was . . . making a hand-stitched book with coptic binding. The workshop was led by Di Venter (here’s her Instagram link), and she did a fabulous job breaking the entire book-making process down into very do-able steps. It was a lot of fun – and a good way for me to challenge myself to try something new.


I made the whole book — from folding and assembling the “signatures” (the paper inside) to cutting the book boards to using my own (previously) dyed cloth for the covers. Then, I got to stitch the whole thing together with a curved needle. I was intimidated the whole time, but . . . it was not as fussy as making little witches and brooms and cats! (Almost, but not quite.)


Best of all, I ended up with a very cool art journal with pages that open easily and lie flat. I love it!


Super fun! I can’t wait to make more!


If you want a bit more information and a few more photos, you can check out my Field Notes here.


How about you? What are you working on this week?