Friday, February 15, 2019


North Redwoods Book Arts Guild has its own traditions. In December we do not have a workshop. Instead, it's a social event with a holiday card exchange similar to a cookie exchange where members sign up in advance and then make an edition of cards one for each participant. At our September workshop we have a theme called "Second Chance" that encourages us to use a theme that we may have missed. In February, the tradition is to celebrate the holiday with a Valentine's Day card exchange and the workshop is devoted to making Valentine cards for Seniors receiving home delivered meals and for the residents of board and care homes.

This year Lorraine Miller-Wolf was back to lead our Valentine card making workshop. Lorraine brought some materials for us to use and invited us to bring any other materials we would like. It's always an interesting workshop because we get to see many working styles. Some members are spontaneous with their creations. Other members come with materials that are built around a particular theme; the creativity having started at home. Both methods result in a multitude of great cards for our Seniors. 

This is Lorraine. She has been leading this workshop for several years. 
It is a lovely gift to the Seniors in the community.

The card on the left shows a paper technique that we learned
 in a previous workshop.
 On the right, you can see the current newsletter project.

Toward the bottom of the photo, you can see a page of LOVE stamped paper
 for inserting into Becky's cards.
Not only are Seniors happy with the cards, so is Kristi.

We had five tables of people making cards 
with lots of laughter and talking around those tables.

Not only do we have differences in style and aesthetic of these cards, we even have different physical styles for working. Michele stands a lot during her playtime.

Look at all of the lovely tools that Debbi has!

Edge takes a minute to see what others are doing.

This is just a tiny part of the cards we made!

Show and Tell Table

We have a table where we display items that we are working on, techniques we've learned and books we've made that aren't entered into the exchange.

Lynne G's fish bone book

Lara Cox's folding tree.

I can hardly wait for the next "Show and Tell" next month. You will see more of the pictures in the future.

Sunday, February 10, 2019


A new exhibit at Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington demonstrates what can happen when some encyclopedias outlive their purpose. In June of 2018 members of Puget Sound Book Artists (PSBA) and other local artists were invited to take home a discarded encyclopedia volume and transform it into an art object that may or may not resemble its original form. The artists created new structures and gave new life, meaning and relevance to the volumes. The pages and spines were deconstructed, shredded, stitched, molded, folded, drilled and stacked resulting in pieces of art that demonstrate the unique approaches to each individual's creative process. Pictured here is a sample of some of the wonderful "books" on display. This exhibit will run through May 12 and is well worth a visit.

Mary Queen of Scots by Judy Cook

Anamnesis by Patricia Chupa

by Bonnie Julien

by Mark Hoppmann

by Lucia Harrison

A Shred of Humanity by Mark Hoppmann

Food For Thought by MalPina Chan

by Theresa Owens

by Kim Izenman

Lady Britannica by Jan Ward

by Gabby Cooksey

Principal Designers, Maloy Moore & Carlisle Huntington

Index Evolved by Dorothy McCuistion

by Deborah Greenwood
The paper for this book was made from the shredded volume
and tiny letters can be seen in the specks within the paper.

by Theresa Owens

Boots by Leslie Levenson

by Becky Frehse

by Sharon Styer

Friday, February 1, 2019


The February Valentine workshop will be led by Lorraine Miller-Wolf. Once again we will be making valentines for people receiving the Senior Nutrition home delivered meals, participants at the senior lunch sites, kidney dialysis patients and people living in our local convalescent and board and care homes. Last year Lorraine distributed 1000 valentines...many made by NORBAG members! She received a note last March from one of the board and care homes: "Many thanks from our residents for the lovely valentines! Your kindness year after year is so appreciated. Sometimes our residents have no family other than our facility staff and so these beautiful cards bring some cheer and happiness." That says it all! If you can't come to the meeting/workshop, but would like to contribute your handmade valentines, just contact Lorraine:

Materials to Bring:

  • Miscellaneous papers suitable for valentines
  • Paper doilies
  • Ribbon, lace and other adornments
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue or glue stick
  • X-acto knife & cutting mat
  • Stamps and stamp pads
  • Scrap paper to protect table surface

When?   Saturday, Feb. 9 at noon
Where?  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring?    See above list
RSVP?    No
Cost?     None

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


 On Saturday, January 12, 2019 we had a delightful workshop given by Dianne Byington. She presented a Hedi Kyle structure from the book, The Art of the Fold. It is a "spider" book. The name is from the fact that when the structure is standing on the fore edge, it looks suspiciously like a spider with the triangular spine as a head and the folded pages looking like segmented legs. Dianne had a sample made in black that had two of the tiniest black, shiny beads attached to the outer portion of the spine looking just like a spider.

Just love this sweet little "spider"
Lynne G, our newsletter editor, saw the pictures and brought another sample that was filled with spiders. Needless to say, we were really ready to play with the Hedi Kyle structure.

The book is sewn together with a pamphlet stitch and Lynne attached a spider to the thread.
 Don't get the wrong idea. This was not a Halloween workshop! Dianne gave us a very clear idea of what this could look like and it was not dark and dreary. Instead, the structure calls for color. Just look at the other samples that Dianne brought.

Take a close look at these books (click on the picture and it gets bigger). Dianne's samples also have different types of fore edge closures. From a simple cut edge, a folded edge and even (the grey one) a box-like closure.
Dianne started the day.

We started with a rectangle of paper, folded it in half and each of those in half again. This is the core of the spine. We will eventually have the two ends overlapping and glued together after the pages have been sewn onto it.

Applying tape to the edge that will overlap

We folded all of the interior pages in half

Once all of the pages are folded in the center, on successive pages, a second fold will be made to the left and right of the center fold at increasing distances. 

Each successive page has a deeper fold. The spine will eventually nestle into the deepest V.
Because of the multiple folds on each page, the usual punching cradle doesn't work as well as a simple telephone book. With the smallest fold on the bottom and ending with the opened spine (the order you use to sew the pamphlet stitch), we used a jig to make the stitching holes.

We sew the pamphlet stitch from inside of the spine to the center of the pages. When that is complete, the double-sided tape is exposed on the spine and the two flaps are put together.  Then on to the covers.

Last, but not least is the addition of a cover. The cover comes in two parts. Each part has a section that is the width of the spine base. The back cover is applied first so that the smaller folded portion covers the spine. Then you apply the front cover with the flap covering the back flap.

Dianne gave us several techniques about doing things with these books. She also suggested three different fore edge closures. The most simple cut it off, a folded back edge to give more strength and this one where the fore edge is folded the width of the spine. You can see it in the closed position in the first pictures. Many thanks to Dianne.