Join us for a full day of fun learning how to both overlay and underlay leather in the creation of beautiful stitched imagery on a leather bound book. An overlay is created by laying leather on top of an existing piece of leather and an underlay is created by layering a piece of leather behind a hole cut into a piece of leather.
Students will start by making a stencil to transfer their individual artwork onto the leather. From there we will learn how to shape, cut and “skive” the leather (a process used to reduce thickness) to fit the pattern as well as how to effectively use different hides to achieve desired results. After all the stitching is done the cover will be added to bookbinding boards that wrap around a 10”x7” (145 page) paper block. Add in some end papers and book cloth—and you will have constructed your very own leather bound book!
Level: Intermediate – Students must have sewing experience.
Registration closes February 23, 2022 to allow time for students to gather/purchase any needed supplies for class. Material fees are included with your registration to cover items provided in class, including paper and chalk pouches to make templates; leather; bookbinding boards, book cloth, end papers and bookbinding glue. Students will also be given information on acquiring materials for future use.
Sample books and appliquéd leather examples by Chase DeForest