Sketchbooks & Journals Workshop - First Peak of the Blue Ridge

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Sketchbooks & Journals Workshop

September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - September 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

$200 – $205

There are sketchbooks and sketchbooks, but this particular lovely book has become my favorite and will be yours too!  It opens totally flat, it can be made from easy to find materials and best of all it features a textile cover!  We’ll be making a 6″ x 6″ sketchbook in class with hard covers and 120 pages of multi-media paper.  Once you make this book in class, you’ll know how to make larger and smaller versions with whatever paper you want.  You’ll learn all the book making basics: picking the paper you want, gluing, piercing, sewing, all the fabulous bits that go into making a well-made, useful and enjoyable sketchbook/journal.

The instructor, Chad Alice Hagen, will be bringing a tool kit for students to use and all the supplies including some wonderful pieces of fabric to use on the covers, but you might want to keep your eye open for that special thrift store find, or check your drawers for your favorite saved textile treasures.  Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.

Day 2

The perfect binding (glued binding) is one we handle all the time in our daily lives as ordinary paperback books, yet when used for a handmade notebook it becomes extraordinary.  We will make a “Perfect Little Notebook” using this quick and marvelous binding technique as well as tea staining the paper sheets (text block) for an antique look and feel, creating the cover from your favorite cotton or rayon fabric and making a closure from small buttons and ribbons.  Once we finish our small (5″ x 3.75″) notebook of 64 pages, information will be shared as how to create larger and different shapes for this binding at home.

This very useful little notebook is perfect for daily notes and jottings, ideas for poems, shopping lists, travel journal, and a perfect gift for your hostess, friends or yourself.

The instructor will be  bringing tool kits, cutting mat, all tools needed and all supplies.  She will bring lots of fabrics for students to use or they can bring favorite or meaningful fabrics for covers of the book.  Light to medium weight, woven cotton type fabrics work the best.

Students need to bring sharp regular sized sewing scissors; favorite pieces of lightweight cotton or blend fabrics approximately 20″ x 20″ & favorite pieces of light to medium weight (quilt weight) cotton or cotton blend fabric approximately 11″ x 14″.

Materials fee $40

Chad Alice Hagen has two big loves in her life – bookmaking and textiles, especially the resist dyeing of hand felted and woven wool.  She has been exploring resist dyeing and surface design on felt since 1979 and exploring the book structure since the turn of the century.  Combining these two interests gave her the tools to begin her exploration of making books featuring textiles – handmade or rescued, as the covers.

She received her BA and MS degrees from University of Wisconsin – Madison and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Her felt work has been on the covers of Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, and Fiberarts magazines.  She has written three books about feltmaking – Weekend Crafter:Feltmaking Fabulous Felt Hats, and with Jorie Johnson – Fabulous Felted Scarves (Lark Books).  She is currently working on a book about resist dyeing on wool.

Chad has been teaching workshops for over 40 years throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and at her current studio in West Asheville, North Carolina.


Saturday, September 21 – 10am – 5pm
Sunday, September 22- 10am – 5pm

$200 for members and $205 for non-members
Materials fee – $25♦


September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am
September 29, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
$200 – $205
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Tryon Arts and Crafts School
373 Harmon Field Rd.
Tryon, NC 28782 United States
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