Classes & Events

Do you want to learn how to make the handmade books you see on my blog?  Join me in my studio at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, Massachusetts for an upcoming class.  Classes sizes are small and no experience is necessary. If you have any questions, please email Ali Manning and be the first to know about new classes by signing up for my newsletter. Stop by and say at an upcoming Open Studio – the first Saturday of every month!

2017 Fall Classes

Leaf Printing & Book Making Workshop – FULL

Sunday, September 17 10am – 4pm

We will spend the morning creating prints on a gelatin plate with acrylic paint and fresh leaves. In the afternoon, while your prints dry, we’ll make some simple book structures that show off the beautiful images you’ve created. Go home with dozens of prints ready for your Fall projects.

Class will take place in my Western Avenue studio (#321) from 10am -4pm. Cost $99.99. I hope you can join me!

Space is limited to 4 people. Please bring a rubber brayer, an apron & brown bag lunch.

Eventbrite - Leaf Printing & Book Making Workshop * Sunday, September 17, 2017 *


Paper Marbling & Book Making – FULL

Saturday, September 23, 10am – 4pm

Marbling is the centuries old art of creating colorful patterns by floating pigments on a pan of water and then transferring this pattern to a surface, such as paper or fabric.
In the morning you’ll create beautiful patterns on a variety of papers that you can use for book and card making, calligraphy, framing and more. In the afternoon, we’ll make some simple book structures that will show off the beautiful papers you’ve created. Students will leave class with approximately 20 sheets of marbled paper.

Please bring an apron and brown bag lunch.  Space is limited to 4 students.  Class will take place in my Western Avenue studio (#321).  Cost $99.99. I hope you can join me!

Eventbrite - Paper Marbling & Book Making * Saturday, September 23, 2017 *

Paper Marbling Class

Coptic Stitch Book Class

Saturday, September 30, 9:30am – 12:30pm

In this popular class you’ll learn how to make a two-needle coptic stitched book with 80lb drawing paper and your choice of floral handmade paper cover. This is an awesome structure because it’s sturdy and opens flat. You’ll leave class with a great sketchbook plus instructions to make more on your own.

Class will take place in my Western Avenue studio (#321) from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Cost is $49.99. I hope you can join me!

Note: if you wish to order a kit to make another book at home ($20), please let me know ahead of time and I’ll have it ready for you.

Eventbrite - Coptic Stitch Book Class - September 30th, 2017

Coptic book with handmade paper

Introduction to Handmade Books

Saturdays, October 14 – November 4, 9:30am – 12:30pm (4 weeks)

This 4-week class is a great introduction to the fundamentals of handcrafted books. Participants learn how to fold, cut and sew paper using specialist bookbinding tools, and will create 10+ versatile book structures, including accordion, flag, squash, pamphlet, Japanese stab bindings, long stitch and other decorative stitched bindings.

Your books can be used to present work, to personalise and give as gifts, or as the basis for artists’ books. Students will leave with a set of their own books and the skills to make more at home.

Class runs from 9:30am -12:30pm on Saturday mornings. A small tool list will be sent out to participants before class begins. All materials provided.

Eventbrite - Introduction to Handmade Books - October 2017


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