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With Ruth Smith
Inspired by a Chinese folk-art tradition, this chunky, richly decorated Yi-style book has 11 compartments, 6 pages and a distinctive red cloth cover with tassels. Traditional examples are decorated inside with flowers, birds, figures and tiny triangles. Colourful paper edging strips are also a feature. New to my courses? Then make the Folded Secrets Keepsake Book with 15 opening compartments. The construction is simpler, but the opportunity to decorate is just as much fun.
A requirements list and cutting layout will be provided before the workshop so that you come with the paper cut ready for folding. Step by step instructions are given along with ideas for decoration from finished examples and from original Chinese ‘zhen xian bao’ with their colourful woodblock prints, geometric patterns and stylised motifs. Used originally to store embroidery threads, precious photographs and family mementoes these books are surprisingly capacious and fun to make.