Monday, 30 March 2015

Bookbinding Workshop

Hi everyone, Brenda here and I would like to share some photos from yesterday's Essential Bookbinding workshop that we held in Flitwick, Bedfordshire. But before I do I am sure you will join me in saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to Chris, who celebrates her birthday today. Chris runs this blog, the Country View Challenge blog and does some bits behind the scenes as well, hope you have a wonderful day full of some lovely surprises Chris.

So onto some photographs. The ladies who joined me had a fabulous day learning to sew signatures together and neat ways to bind a book and although people didn't necessarily get finished, they mostly made a hardbound hard spined book, a hardbound soft spined book and a pamphlet notebook.

The morning started off with me explaining what we were going to cover through the day....

.... and then demonstrating how to sew the signatures together and glue them to fill in the gaps.

As always it was a busy and industrious day but people got together to have a chat and catch up with friends.








At the end of the day everyone had at least two completed books with just the decorated covers to be finished at home.

Thank you ladies for a most enjoyable day, it was lovely to see you all and to share some fun and laughter, some pastries and cakes as well as some hard work in leaning new techniques. As is usual in a workshop you all got to different end points with Penny managing to get all three books finished before she went home but I know from your fabulous comments you enjoyed the day and learnt a lot and as Donna said she couldn't wait to get home to finish hers off and to make some more.

Once everyone puts their collage pieces on the front they will have a fabulous collection of books to use for different purposes.

My next workshop will be on the 6th June and will be focussed on the new Decoart products that Susan has in stock, particularly the media line. Using acrylic paints, sprays, texture mediums and gesso you will learn how to create different metallic effects, making your own sample cards and using one or more of the techniques to alter a box to keep them in. If you would be interested in this class keep your eye on the shop website to be able to book it.

Thanks for joining me today.

Have a great week.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Glad you had a great day Brenda. I missed you all but I did also have a great day with the family. The books looks awesome. Happy birthday dear Chris, I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating xx

  2. Sorry I missed this! Books look amazing, well done ladies. Big birthday wishes and hugs to Chris. Nikki xx

  3. A fabulous workshop and the finished books look amazing. Something I would love to be able to do! Happy Birthday Chris!!! Jennie x

  4. Happy Birthday Chris!!! And thank you all for the lovely photos of the class, the books all look amazing!!!

  5. Oh my goodness, that had to have been an incredible workshop! The only thing wrong with it, was that I wasn't there.
    Your newest follower.
    Connie :)

  6. Lucky ladies to get to spend a day learning with you Brenda, looks like a wonderful class! Happy belated birthday to Chris, hope you had a wonderful day celebrating YOU! xo