Bookbinding: French Link Stitch (In Person)

Kelly Laughlin
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Taught by Kelly Laughlin

Kelly Laughlin is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who focuses on the playful, meditative acts of making. She believes every person is capable of living a creative life. Kelly is the founder of Odette Press, a paper marbling and bookbinding studio focused on specialty papers, books, and stationery, created with the intention to support self discovery and healing through the act of writing. 

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Calling book enthusiasts: learn how to adorn your notebooks’ spines with crossing lines of thread as you make a softcover notebook. In this two hour-long class, we’re exploring French Link Stitch, a technique that shows off your sewing and ends with a notebook that lays flat. 

We’ll work with awls, needles, bone folders, rulers, paper, and waxed thread to fold, measure, pierce the paper, sew signatures together to craft the final book form. If you’ve taken a bookbinding class before, bring your bookbinding kit. If not, all materials and tools will be provided. 

You’ll walk away with: One softcover, multiple signature book with blank pages + notes on how to work with French Link Stitch at home. 

Who is this for? Curious creatives and bookbinding beginners with some bookbinding or sewing experience, like Bookbinding for Beginners: Pamphlet Stitch (a great place to start your bookmaking practice) or Bookbinding: Casing In.

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