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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform
Class meets for two Saturdays 10/16 & 10/30, 3-5pm ET

As a follow up to the “Embroidered: Embellished Paper & Photos”, Sewing Bee for Books will  take your sewing skills into book sewn structures. This course will cover:

One Section Bindings:
These fun and flexible bindings are deceptively simple and can be multiplied to create multi-section bindings. We will sew into the spine of a simple hard cover case, as well as sewing into paper cases. We will make multiple structures during this class.

French Link long stitch:
A simple variation on the long stich, it is a lovely, linked binding that I like to leave exposed. Covers can be added in multiple ways: a hard case can be made and then the text block can be glued in, sewn tapes can be woven into soft covers, or simply glued on to the tapes.

Sewn Accordions:
A more experimental binding class! We will experiment with different bindings and different ways to combine the accordion structure with binding. Super fun, as our grand binding finale that leads in to 3-D Sampler in November.

Kits will be provided, but student will need:
-Cutting mat
-Bone folder
-Xacto or utility knife
-White glue or PVA
-Newsprint or Scrap paper
-Additional decorative papers and/or photographs

©All images by Erin Sweeney

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Instructor: Erin Sweeney

Erin Sweeney lives and works in southern New Hampshire. She received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the Elizabeth C. Roberts Prize for Graduate Book Arts.  She also has a BFA in Sculpture from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine.

Sweeney exhibits nationally, most recently at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts and at the Museum of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. In 2019, Sweeney was awarded a Ruth and James Ewing Award for Excellence in the Arts, and in 2020 was a juror for the Awards.

Additionally, Sweeney is the Coordinator of the Art Education program at Plymouth State University. She teaches Art Education and studio courses; develops curriculum, and assessment strategies, and loves to talk about teaching! She also teaches workshops at her Lovely in the Home Press and travels to teach workshops.