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!

2018 Winter Classes

Introduction to Handmade Books – Intensive 1 Day Class

Sat, January 20, 2018, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
This intensive 1-day class is a great introduction to the fundamentals of handcrafted books. Participants will learn how to fold, cut and sew paper using specialist bookbinding tools, and will create several versatile book structures. Students will leave with a set of their own books and the confidence to make more at home. A small tool list will be sent out to participants before class begins. All other materials provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.
Price $99.99 Sign up here

Introduction to Paper Marbling (February) – FULL

Sun, February 11, 2018, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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 this 3-hour workshop you’ll create beautiful patterns on a variety of papers that you can use for book and card making, calligraphy, framing and more. It’s a great introduction to marbling without the trouble buying and setting up all the equipment and materials.  No experience or supplies needed. Students will leave class with approximately 20 sheets of marbled paper.
Price $59.99. Sign up here

Coptic Stitched Journal

Sat, March 10, 2018, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
You will 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.
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.
Price $49.99. Sign up here

Introduction to Paper Marbling (April)

Sat, April 14, 2018, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
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 this 3-hour workshop you’ll create beautiful patterns on a variety of papers that you can use for book and card making, calligraphy, framing and more. It’s a great introduction to marbling without the trouble buying and setting up all the equipment and materials.
No experience or supplies needed. Students will leave class with approximately 20 sheets of marbled paper.
Price $59.99. Sign up here