Friday Sept. 7th Envelope Book!

Join us this Friday on September 7th, 2012 from 6-8PM at our next Penabler meeting. We’ll be making an Envelope Book! Read below for more details on what to bring to join in on the activity.

How to Use Your Envelope Book

• Recipe organizer

• Secret keeper

• Inspiring quote reminder

• Coupon book

• Erotic poetry stash

• Calligraphic Envelope Style Sample for your local Stationer!

• Business card organizer

• Color chip or wallpaper sample book

 

One more additional note on the ribbon size: The template I’ve designed works with a 1.5″ wide ribbon. However, you can use a slightly wider or more narrow ribbon if you’d like. You’ll just need to make your own holes. Super easy adjustment. The other thing you can use besides a ribbon is a strip of fabric. The sample I’m bringing uses a strip of vintage sari cloth – it’s very thin and has the consistency of cheesecloth, but smoother.

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Join us for our next Atlanta Penablers meeting!

Friday, September 7th, 2012 from 6-8pm at Binders Art School in Buckhead.

“Stitch an Envelope Book”

Demonstration and guided activity by penkitten Anne Elser. Stitch your family of envelope samples together just like a book! For the bookbinder looking to add a new feature to their hand bound books or calligrapher looking for a creative way to package your envelope styles, this guided activity is useful and fun as a self-promotional tool or a gift for yourself or a friend. We’ll be using a combination of Coptic and Tape bookbinding techniques and you’ll have a handout waiting for you when you arrive.

Keep in mind that the envelopes you use for the activity can be blank if you like. But it might be more exciting for you if you’ve got imagery/calligraphy on both the front and back of your envelopes. We’ll be using the flaps themselves as signatures to bind the book. The ribbon really does need to be 1.5 inches wide and your envelopes really do need to be 6.5 x 4.75 because we’ll all be using the same template to stitch our books. Binders DOES carry ribbon and envelopes in lots of fantastic colors, if you don’t have time to pick them up before you arrive. I will also be bringing a few chunks of beeswax so you can wax your thread. But if you don’t have any, no sweat. Just feel free to bring it if you’ve got it!

You’ll walk out the door with a completed project that has many variations and practical uses!

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To read more about how and why I came up with the idea for this project, go here to read the original story: Calligraphy Sample Book  

What to Bring:

• A snack or drink to share

• Needle

• Beeswax (if you’ve got it already)

• Scissors

• Thumbtack

• Pearl Cotton Thread size 5 or 8

• Pencil

• 1.5” wide ribbon

• 8 or more A-6 Envelopes (6.5” x 4.75”)

• Your recent work (optional)

• Your Bad Self

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