“Sew, Snip, Tie: Early American Children’s Blank Books” will take place on Friday, October 30, 2020 at noon, via Zoom. Register to attend at https://brynmawr.libcal.com/event/7204459.
This is a hands-on workshop, during which participants make a simple blank book in the stye of early 19th-century children’s homemade copy books.Campus community members will be able to pick up a kit of materials (first photo below). Off campus participants should gather materials before the event – see the second photo and list.
Campus community members who would like a kit of materials must register separately for the kit at https://brynmawr.libcal.com/event/7235349. You will be able to pick it up in Canaday Library from 9-4:30 Thursday, October 29 or Friday morning before the workshop. We will send you an e-mail as soon as the kits are available (maybe a day or two early, depending on our suppliers).The kit includes:
2 sheets of 8 ½” x 11″ laid paper, for the pages
One half sheet of 8 ½” x 11″ heavy, handmade, decorated paper, for the cover
Needle to sew your book with. This will also be used to make holes in the paper for sewing
Bookbinder’s thread – 1 yard
Beeswax to wax thread
A popsicle stick to use as a folder
Pen and ink to practice your alphabet. The first ten on-campus students who want them may have the pen and ink shown in the photo as part of their kit. The rest of us will need a calligraphy pen or any fine tipped pen or marker
You supply your own scissors
Off-campus participants will need the following items:
One half sheet of 8 ½” x 11” heavier paper, for the cover (8 ½” x 5 ½”). shown here, a rectangle cut from a manila folder
Needle to sew your book with. This should be sharp and as heavy as possible. It is best if the eye is no wider than the main part of the needle
Thread for sewing. A heavy thread is ideal – buttonhole/carpet thread if possible. No more than a yard will be needed
Wax to smooth your thread with. Beeswax is traditional, but you can use any candle, or a lip balm like ChapStick or Burt’s Bees
Folder – something to press down the edge of the folded paper. You can use a popsicle stick or the handle of your scissors
Pen and ink to practice your alphabet. If you have a calligraphy pen, choose that. If not, any fine tip pen will work.
We hope you will join us for this workshop – see you there!