419: Hand-Sewn Bookbinding

Handmade books are one of Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes’ favourite ways to display and use her embroidered pieces.

In this workshop she will take you through a variety of bookbinding techniques where the stitches are exposed and thus become part of the overall design of the book. These will include coptic stitch binding, French link stitch, Japanese stab binding, and a range of techniques that create decorative stitching on the book spine.

We will also cover the basics of preparing covers and signatures, but most of the fun will be in the stitching!

Course Code:  419

Time: 9:30am – 4:45pm

Dates: Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th Jan

Cost: $280

Suitable For:  Intermediate & Advanced

Ages: 16+

Renata Wright

Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes

Ann-Marie Anderson-Mayes is a hand embroidery artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She has been stitching for as long as she can remember, but only took it up full-time in 2012 when she started her business, Beautiful Stitches. Her former professional career as a scientist was strongly grounded in mathematics, and that passion for geometry and number is clearly expressed in her embroidery designs. It is all about colour and pattern!

Ann-Marie teaches her style of embroidery at a variety of venues around Australia including Tresillian Arts Centre in Nedlands, city and country branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild of WA, the Embroiderers’ Guild Victoria, and the Embroiderers’ Guild of SA in Adelaide. In 2018 Ann-Marie taught on the Needlework Tours Craft Creations Cruise running from Sydney to Seattle and followed this with teaching engagements on the west coast of USA.

During COVID Ann-Marie discovered the joy of teaching online and now supplies classes online to students around the world. She has also been running children’s hand sewing classes for nine years and loves the diverse and delightful ideas that children dream up and stitch in her classes. “I believe that every single stitch you make is a BEAUTIFUL STITCH. Each stitch is a small brush of love on the fabric, which records forever the time you put aside to create something special with your own hands. I hope we get the chance to meet and share our passion for creating beautiful handmade items.”   www.beautifulstitches.com.au