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May 17, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General, Mailbag — jackie @ 9:55 am

Good morning readers.

It is raining and cool here in Virginia Beach this morning after several days of sunshine and warm breezes. It’s a good day for bread baking. I love to bake bread. I’m looking forward to the day that I can have a clay oven in my backyard. I’ll be making honey whole wheat loaves this morning. :)

Yesterday, in the mailbox was a copy of the video The Atlas from the Bookbinding with Peter Goodwin series from Janette Heffernen. Janette produced all the Peter Goodwin bookbinding videos as well as one of her own on DIY video making (which I recently ordered).

Video seems to be the way of the future for alot of the information sharing. I’m considering making a few videos to go along with my tutorials. I am a visual person myself so photos and drawings that go along with written instructions have always helped me when learning a new technique. Taking classes was even better because I could actually see the technique being performed but I still had to take notes and try to remember what the teacher showed us once I got home.

So…I’m curious to know what you all think. Do you prefer to learn from written manuals with pictures or would a video be more helpful for you in learning? Or perhaps both? Please comment below.

I haven’t had a chance to view the whole video The Atlas yet but I’ll post a full review once I do. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 5, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Mailbag, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:40 am

Good morning readers.

Last evening I got a nice note from Janette Heffernen who produced and filmed the Springback video I reviewed yesterday. For those interested in leather binding she mentions that the Atlas video shows a half bound leather book in full detail and that she is working on finishing up the edit on a full leather video as well. Also, for beginners she says that The Humble Paperback video “is possibly the best for beginners for it shows how to repair at home a paperback and a simple cloth book with and without equipment.” 

In keeping with the theme of my class this afternoon…I’m not sure if I mentioned this site before or not but if you’re looking for information on Japanese bindings you can find alot of good information here. There are good descriptions and illustrations of various bindings as well as some history.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to all you daily readers from Australia. Thanks for stopping by everyday.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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March 15, 2007


Filed under: Mailbag — jackie @ 7:42 am

Good morning readers.

I had a few emails from readers around the world this past week that I’d like to share with you this morning.

Jan Camps from the Netherlands sent me an email pointing me to his art bookbinding site with has some nice photos of his art bindings. He also sent the link a site that describes a colaborative project he is working on with 5 other binders. You will find documents describing the project in several diff. languages, including english, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page.

I had a nice email from Janet in the UK this morning asking about study opportunities. I sent her a list of sites that have resources for folks looking to find classes in thier area. I thought I’d share the info here on the site so look for a page later today listing places to look for study opportunities. Also, if anyone is teaching a class or has any links to share please feel free to let me know and I’ll post them on the page.

I had an email from Polly who wants to learn how to bind her own book to use for the stamps she collects while Letterboxing. One of my local students, Joyce Miller, is doing the same thing with the book she made in my basic bookbinding class.

I want to thank everyone who sent an email or left a comment on the site. I really appreciate hearing from you.

Just a quick reminder… the weekly prize drawing is tomm. afternoon so get your name in the jar.

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