FOLDED SECRETS KEEPSAKE BOOK :: Tuesday 11th & Wednesday 12th February 2020



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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.

Folded Secrets Keepsake Books:

Option 1: Make a chunky, richly decorated book with 11 compartments and 6 pages; the traditional versions from Yunnan have distinctive red cloth covers with tassels and are decorated inside with birds, flowers, figures, and tiny triangles. Colourful paper edging strips are also a feature.
Option 2: If you are new to my courses you may prefer to make a book which is simpler to construct; this type has 15 opening compartments.   However, the opportunity to decorate is similar to Option 1.

£165 (Bring your own materials, with more available on the day)



Other useful details ...

Courses run 10am – 4pm, we will be glad to welcome you for coffee from 9.45am.

A selection of teas, coffee and soft drinks are inclusive and served throughout the day.

Lunch is served as a ‘bring and share’ sit down buffet, please bring a small plate of food to share, or lunch can be provided by pre-booking at a cost of £5.

Each course has a detailed requirements list so you know if there is anything in particular you will need to bring or wear. We try and keep this minimal and supply most of what you need, but we know that people also like to bring their own ‘kit’ if they have it. Please ensure you read your list carefully and do ask if there is anything that isn’t clear!

We also offer 4* B&B accommodation please enquire or see our course accommodation page full details – it is worth noting that during course times we only have attendees staying here so our accommodation is not available through the usual online system.

Printable directions and Google Map links to help you find The Old Kennels can be found on our  ‘How to Find Us’ page (sat nav will not bring you to the door as being rural the postcode area is quite large).

For answers to some frequently asked questions about courses please see our ‘FAQs’ page.