Jennie Hinchcliff & Jody Alexander classes – seats still available

We’re into the late winter days of a harsh California winter. Oh wait, that’s an oxymoron, isn’t it? ūüėČ

Nonetheless, here it is the second weekend of March, and you’re probably wondering how you can spend the late winter weekends productively. BiblioForge has the answer – twice!

First, Jennie Hinchcliff will get your fingers happily working with a caterpillar stitched book that is a lot of fun to make – and has a lot of great design ideas! Sign up today!

And Jody Alexander has a really cool and elegant Cross Stitch Binding class that gives you a versatile paper case binding. Get creative! This is a favorite at Jody’s Wishi Washi Studio in Santa Cruz and at the SF Center for the Book.



Jennie Hinchcliff¬†‚ÄstCreative Caterpillar Binding Class¬†–¬†March 23, 2013

10:00 am ‚Äď 5:00 pm

With plenty of possibility for exploration and a wonderfully tactile feel, the ‚Äúcaterpillar‚ÄĚ method of book construction is attention grabbing, to say the least! Credited to Betsy¬†Palmer Eldridge, the Caterpillar Binding can be used for artists‚Äô book projects, sketchbooks, or any other¬†sewing method where dimensional binding would be a welcome addition.

In this intermediate level class, students construct 1-2 softcover books of their own design (as time allows), in addition to exploring different methods of cover attachment. Experience with sewing basic text blocks is preferred.
Materials and supplies (students): X-acto knife with extra blades, bone folder, pencil, right angle triangle (small or medium size is o.k.), inexpensive small, flat bristle brushes for glue-ing, a pair of full size, sharp scissors, bookbinder’s awl or an icepick, any additional papers/ephemera that might be used
as decoration for book covers (photos/collage elements/etc.)

Instructor provides: instructional handouts, decorative papers for book covers, waxed linen thread, needles, a limited selection of art tools and supplies such as colored pencils, rubber stamps, inkpads, acrylics, PVA glue, newsprint.

$120 +  $20 materials fee (paid at workshop)

Jennie Hinchcliff currently teaches book arts classes in Fine Art Department at the Academy of Art University, as well as numerous workshops nationally and locally. You can follow her postal adventures at: 



Jody Alexander¬†‚ÄstCross Stitch Structure –¬†April 6, 2013
10:00 am ‚Äď 1:00 pm

The Crossed Structure binding is a contemporary paper case binding with historical accents.  We will be using flax paper made by Cave Paper for the cover that also acts as the binding’s support. Stitching is used to fasten down the supports that can be both functional and decorative. This is a sturdy binding that is perfect for a journal or datebook. Great binding for beginners and advanced, alike. Can be easily re-created in a home studio with simple hand tools.

$80 + $5.00 materials fee (paid at workshop)

Jody Alexander is an artist, bookmaker, papermaker, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California.  She creates books, sculptural pieces and installations that celebrate collecting, storytelling and odd characters. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artsist; 500 Handmade Books, and the recently published 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art. She has recently opened Wishi Washi Studio -her own teaching space at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, California.


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