Leather Journal Workshop

Sunday was another gorgeous spring day in Seattle.  I gladly spent 6 hours indoors at Daniel Smith in the Leather Journal workshop led by Janice Berkebile.

It was excellent!  She’s going to offer it again so I would highly recommend it if you want this sort of journal or sketchbook.

Janice is a very patient teacher.  She has an exuberant and fun style, too!  Her demonstration is clear and she is able to pace her instruction for those who work at various speeds.  She took us step by step.  For those who worked more quickly, she would show us the next step.  But she would also repeat her explanation for those who reached that step later.  She provided lots of  individual attention.

The cost included the instruction (of course) and the leather. She also had some supplies, such as the waxed linen thread, needles and equipment available.  If one didn’t want to buy a bone folder or tear bar, she had some available to use.  Once you realize you want to make more books, you’ll buy the equipment!  We provided our own choice of papers but got a discount in the store if we needed to buy them there.

the gorgeous hand painted paper of one of the participants and some specialty paper

It was a wonderfully fun day!  I chose to make a very simple book with signatures made only of art paper, so I worked rather quickly.  I made two books.   Here is one of them:

I can’t wait for Janice’s next workshop!

All the photos.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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