• Coptic Stitch Class

    Posted on December 18, 2015 by in Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    Our OLLI class Book of Words: Coptic Stitch was officially completed last week but as we usually do, we assembled at Humboldt Coffee and Chocolates for “debriefing” and sharing. As always, it’s a privilege to work with such talented and daring people. Adding a window to the cover was optional but everyone wanted to make them and really, in the end, this feature really made the books more personal. I learn so much from all of them. The following photos are from the class or followup. Enjoy!

    The following photos were taken during class. The first hour was spent decorating a large piece of Arches Text Wove paper. For color students used everything: stamp pads, watercolors, acrylic inks, acrylic paints, pens, colored pencils. There were some very creative mark makers too: handmade stamps, interesting brushes, sticks, and a helix style lightbulb!

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    Many books were finished during our coffee session. These photos show some of the sewing taking place. We used a double needle Coptic stitch. The second photo shows how creative these students can be—it was too dark for Joan to see so Darcy used the flashlight on her phone to assist. Funny!



    AND!! These are the books that are finished.


    Judy’s Book: Family


    Denise’s Book


    Azalea’s Book


    Pat’s Book


    Pat’s Book


    Cheryl’s Book: Welcome


    Darcy’s Book


    Gisela’s Book


    Joan’s Book

    If you couldn’t attend the coffee gathering, please let me know if you need help finishing. Most books took a mere 15 minutes to finish. If you did finish, would you send me a photo and I’ll include it. THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT CLASS. GOOD JOB.

    Donna has finished her book and sent me a photo. It’s never to late to add your photo!  Nice work and great colors.

7 Responses so far.

  1. Pat Cotten says:

    So much fun to see the pictures! Thanks for all of your hard work and patience teaching the class.

    • Michele says:

      It’s hard to remember to take the pictures because I’m too busy playing along with all of you! Thank you for being patient with the instructions.

  2. Gisela says:

    Thank you, Michele, for helping us explore our creativity. Fun!

    • Michele says:

      Gisela, you were such a hoot. I loved it when you stood up, rolled up your sleeves, pulled on your gloves and got into The Zone!

  3. Ellen says:

    How impressive! I love your idea of decorating the papers, and the window on the cover. These look fantastic! What interesting students you must have. I also love how individual each book is. So many workshops of this sort would just be another plain book. But I think it’s marvelous how you combined expressive mark-making with learning a structure.

    • Michele says:

      The students like the challenges and they offer each other a lot of encouragement and support. It’s like a quilting bee. Booking bee? It’s also much more fun for me because I get to see their artistic abilities transferred to the structures. You mus come for a visit!