Slapdash Guides

Whenever I teach a workshop, I like to send my students home with a little booklet that contains a reminder of the skills they’ve just learned. These instructional zines came out of this habit, existing as windows into some of the skills I use in my own practice. Neither me or my zines claim to be experts, but I hope that these tiny books will spark something in you and lead to some wonderful creations!

I’d love to see photos of projects inspired by these zines — you can tag me on Instagram @jbbartram or by email me at jbbartram@gmail.com.

Thank you & happy making!


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Click here to view A Slapdash Guide to Embroidery
(or right-click to download PDF)

This wee zine is meant to be a jumping-off point, a tiny spark of inspiration from someone who fell in love with the art of stitchery almost five years ago & has been learning ever since.

Please feel free to print & distribute this zine.
Please do not sell it or post online without attribution.

If you use it & it goes well, please let me know/show me photos of your project via Instagram by tagging @jbbartram or by emailing jbbartram@gmail.com. Thank you!


Click here to view A Slapdash Guide to Japanese four-hole binding

(or right-click to download PDF)

This is the second in the Slapdash Guide series & will teach you a simple, beautiful method for making hand-bound books — no glue and few specialized tools required!

Please feel free to print & distribute this zine, but do not sell it or post online without attribution.

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