Assemble Your Own Journal or Sketchbook with an Expert Bookbinder


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In a Nutshell

Katie Netti walks you through the technical process of traditional bookbinding using distinctive papers, ribbons, and mementos

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 18, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. All materials will be provided, but guests are welcome to bring photographs or mementos to personalize their book. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $45 for one admission to a bookbinding workshop with Katie Netti
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

The event will be held at a Logan Square residence. The exact address will be shared after purchase.

Each event is capped at 8 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of 4 purchasers in order to take place.

What You'll Do

A blank page brims with potential, ready to host a flowery poem, elaborate sketch, or game of hangman. That potential multiplies as artist and instructor Katie Netti helps you hand-make your own personalized journal full of unmarked pages. While you work with exotic papers, ribbons, and other materials, you'll learn the technical process of traditional bookbinding, before heading home with a hardcover journal or sketchbook that you assembled yourself.

  • Bind Your Own Book with Provided Materials
    Choose from a supply of exotic papers, ribbons, and findings, bind your materials between two hard 6"x9" covers, and use a tie, button, or leather strip to keep your book closed

  • Learn Traditional Techniques and Shortcuts
    Practice using wooden ribs to make tight creases, punching holes with an awl, and sewing with waxed threads

  • Personalize Your Volume
    If desired, bring along photographs or mementos to incorporate in your journal or sketchbook design

Your Host

[Katie Netti] Katie Netti
Owner of UrbanOil Ceramics, Art Teacher

Through her own inventiveness and determination, Katie Netti found a way to combine two of her passions—making art and helping others unlock their own creative potential. When she isn't sharing her knowledge as a high school art teacher, she stays busy with gallery showings each year. It's not only her artwork that's earned accolades: School Arts magazine featured one of her lesson plans in a 2006 issue.

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    North Saint Louis Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60647

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