Tag Archives: long stitch

  • Altered Book Followup

    Posted on February 26, 2016 by in Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    In the second OLLI Book Arts class of Spring Semester, 2016,  the students gave new life to old books. Each participant  brought a book that had appealing covers along with decorative and/or text weight papers for the four sections.  They also brought a strip of fabric to use for creating their own book cloth. The […]

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  • Altered Book Long Stitch

    Posted on January 17, 2016 by in Current Workshops, Sewn Spine

    OLLI Book Arts: Judge a Book by Its Cover with Michele Olsen Create your own personal journal by using the covers from an old book. The spine will be replaced with book cloth made in class and sections of the book will be sewn using the easy long stitch pattern.  This technique can be used […]

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  • Car Workstation 3

    Posted on September 17, 2014 by in How-To, Sewn Spine

    I needed a new book for watercolor and ink so I gutted an old Nancy Drew mystery and put in my own sections of watercolor paper. We had a two hour car trip today so I sewed it as we drove and found a new use for the bright pink lap desk! I needed to […]

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  • Found Objects

    Posted on February 28, 2014 by in My Books, Photography, Sewn Spine

    The making of this book has been a labor of love and one of constant problem solving; I didn’t think things through before starting the book. There is something to be said for that approach— I learned a lot and the book is more interesting because of it. We have a little cabin in Nebraska […]

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  • Last Journal finished

    Posted on August 14, 2013 by in My Books, Sewn Spine

    The last book in the OLLI course Leather Journals is finally finished. It’s mine (instructor) and I know it’s the last one to be completed. I used the leather cover to demonstrate the longstitch sewing of the spine and hadn’t intended to actually complete a journal. I cut the leather from a blue suede jacket […]

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  • Workshops by Michele Olsen

    Finished Journals

    Posted on July 16, 2013 by in Sewn Spine, Workshop Followup

    Students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) classes have finished their books and every single one is wonderful. This is the first sewn structure for almost all of the ten students and they showed extraordinary patience with the needles, 36 inches of waxed linen thread, and tiny little beads that were added to the […]

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  • Long Stitch Leather Journal

    Posted on July 8, 2013 by in Current Workshops, Sewn Spine

    This week I am teaching a book arts class for Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI). The first day we will construct this book: leather covers, pages of printmaking paper, sewn longstitch spine. Day two we will explore ways to “get things” on the page. The class is this Tuesday and Thursday, 3pm-6pm. I can […]

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