Embroidery on Leather

$ 575.00

September 3rd, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Erin Fletcher
  • Workshop Type: Binding
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: September 3rd, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: September 6th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 4

Embroidery has been used as a decorative technique on bindings for centuries. In Europe, particularly England, around the 15th – 17th century a great number of bindings were heavily adorned with embroidery. The substrate was typically canvas, silk or velvet. The designs fell into three distinct categories: heraldic, floral and figurative. Today, embroidery as a decorative technique is seeing a revival in contemporary design bindings and artist books. Many artists and binders are experimenting with embroidery on a range of materials including leather. 

In this workshop, students will learn a few basic embroidery techniques that are best for decorating leather, ways to transfer a design and prep the leather for covering. In addition to these simple embroidery stitches, demonstrations will also cover ways of creating texture and depth to a design by incorporating onlays and other decorative techniques. Students will use these techniques to design and embroider a simple cover for a miniature blank book.  

 This workshop requires some experience with paring leather.

Materials to Bring: leather for samples (cut to 4x6 and pared to .5/.6), scraps for onlays, tracing paper, design ideas, embroidery needles, embroidery scissors or snips, embroidery floss (cotton or silk), Teflon folder, paste brush, pin vise (size A or B).

Optional and available at SFCB for student use during workshop: glue brush, utility blade, small cutting mat.

Pre-requisite: Orientation to Leather or similar leather paring experience.

Workshop Fee (includes $60 materials fee): $575.00*
*A limited number of discounted HBC member seats are available for $550; call SFCB for discount registrations.

Date & Time: Tuesday-Friday, September 3-6, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Erin Fletcher

In 2012, Erin opened Herringbone Bindery in South Boston, shortly after graduating from the full-time Bookbinding program at North Bennet Street School. Erin teaches workshops for adults at NBSS in the Continuing Education department and for kids in the Middle School Book Arts Program. She also teaches workshops across the country.  

Her interest in bookbinding began during her studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where this initial exposure created a desire to culture a deeper understanding of the craft. Erin’s design binding work has been exhibited both domestically and internationally. Her work is among both private and institutional collections.

Past Student Reviews:

“Erin was an amazing teacher. I learned so many tips and tricks that I'll take into the rest of my bookbinding.”

“Please bring Erin back for other classes!”

“A delightful experience with Erin and the rest of the class.”

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