Have your kids ever tried making their own accordion notebooks – Make It’s featured craft in the March edition of Metro Parent? Maybe they’re curious to learn more about making books? Or perhaps you’ve got a budding scrapbooker in the works? Well, both online and off, there are plenty of great resources to learn the basics – and hopefully develop a favorite new hobby. While some classic workshop destinations, like Hollander’s in Ann Arbor, no longer teach hands-on classics, there are still many locations across metro Detroit packed with supplies and knowledge to create a new generation of bookmakers.
Supply Run: Blick Art Supplies
With stores in Detroit, Dearborn and Royal Oak, Blick Art Supplies houses bookmaking supplies that you might not find at an everyday craft store. Take a look at their bookmaking category to learn more; then, find the location nearest you.
Supply Run: Greens Art Supply
When it comes time to decorate your brand-new book, it’s worth a stop to Greens Art Supply, located in Birmingham and Rochester, to see what creative supplies they have on hand.
Hands-On: Paper Source
Not only does Paper Source carry all the supplies you’ll need to make a beautiful handmade book; from time to time, they offer bookbinding classes too. With several locations in Michigan now, contact the store by you to see when new workshops are available.
Located in Ann Arbor, boundedition is a member-based community studio for book arts, letterpress and related trades. A great class to check out in March is Book Structures for Children, a chance to learn how to try several new techniques.
Keep an eye on 826michigan and its field trip offerings. Thanks to this nonprofit writing center, which is headquartered in Ann Arbor but also starting to extend to Detroit, children can work on developing stories and leave with a bound book to share with family and friends.