Expired Bookmaking class: Make your own leather-bound sketchbook

Event Phone: 207-625-3396

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     June 10, 2023
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm

A special Bookbinding Class is coming up Saturday, June 10th!

Learn a decorative, accessible and infinitely varied book binding stitch, the long stitch, and make a rustic leather sketchbook. The long stitch is a great binding technique to learn and master both for beginning bookbinders and experienced book artists. It can be used to bind books with paper, felted wool, cloth or just about any durable material. In this class we will focus on constructing a blank book from folding pages to punching the leather cover and binding. Students will leave class with their own bound book in addition to instructions and tools to continue making books at home.

No bookbinding experience is necessary. All tools and supplies provided.



Saturday, June 10th
10 a.m. –  4 p.m. (with a 1/2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Anna Low of Purplebean Bindery
Cost: $75 tuition and materials
Class limit: 10 participants
We need at least 4 participants to continue with the class
Ages: 18+ to register

We’ll meet at Tear Cap Workshops in the Community Woodworking Shop.

We are asking all participants to be vaccinated for covid-19 if they would like to attend this workshop. We may also still be wearing masks, depending on state guidelines.

Please bring your own bag lunch. (We have a refrigerator and microwave available if needed.)

About the Instructor, Anna Low of Purplebean Bindery:

Purplebean Bindery was born out of necessity. While in college, Anna took a book binding class, became fascinated with the book form and couldn’t stop making books. As her shelves sagged with stacks of hand-bound books, it seemed logical to begin selling them to make room for more and to fund her book making habit. Anna says, “Every book I make, whether it be blank or an artist book, I think of as a marriage of form and function. I love the intimacy and interaction of the book form too. Leaf through, unfold or unroll one of my artist books and you’re actively discovering and participating in the art.”

Anna’s formal education is in photography and art education, and she now divides her time more or less equally between the three, with some design work on the side and the rest of life, which includes a wonderful family, a sassy rescue mutt, hiking, cooking, and serious vegetable gardening. Anna’s home studio is bright and sunny, in Auburn, Maine. Read more about Purplebean Bindery at: https://www.purplebeanbindery.com/

All photo credits to Anna Low.


Venue Phone: 207 625 3396

Venue Website:

22 Hampshire St, Hiram, Maine, 04041, United States