Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Library Kiosk Featured Artist

Books by Grace Battjes

   This month the kiosk in the Humboldt County Library is featuring books by Grace Battjes. If you are not able to stop by to see this lovely display here are a few photos of some of Grace's wonderful books.
   Grace retired from nursing in 1994 and moved from Oregon to Eureka to live near friends she met in the Peace Corps. She also found she liked the weather and the town itself. Within a short time she found NORBAG, a newly formed group of artists making handmade books. She joined and has been using her interest in paper arts and photography to play with book structures ever since. She prefers making her books for family and friends, often using her original photos and poetry. Grace loves cats and has featured them in many of her books as illustrated by the photos of her "Meow Museum". Each of her books is a complete original, just like Grace.
The Meow Museum

The following photos include some of Grace's other books featured in the kiosk.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

2015 March Workshop - Pamphlet Stitch

March, 2015 Workshop - Candid Snaps

On March 14, we had the March meeting and book exchange.  We had about 14 people attending.  The book exchange had 15 books, seven of which were from out of town members. The theme was "shaped" books.

The workshop was about the pamphlet stitch and two covers made without adhesive.  We did both a three and five hole pamphlet stitch.  The five hole pamphlet stitch book used our instructions for a signature.  The three hole pamphlet  was a tiny 1-1/2 inch book that had a non-adhesive pocket and tab closure.  The third book was a “two-sewn-as-one” with a center pocket with a separate cover.

The first four pictures are of the book exchange. The candid shots of the workshop follow.
Say Ahhh tunnel book that looks like a nose, lips and the inside of the mouth

Bed  Japanese stab binding that looks like a bed

The Unicorn

Cat Silhouette using a drum-leaf binding format

The five-hole pamphlet stitch book was made using the instructions as a signature.  The red book is a two-sewn-as one with a self cover. The tiny blue/green book is a three hole pamphlet with a cover that has a pocket and tab closure.

This is a two-sewn-as-one pamphlet with a three part cover that enables this peek-a-boo window.  The exterior cover is Tyvek.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Humble Pamphlet Stitch

Inside and front views of Bobbie's
 "humble" pamphlet stitch books.

In March, we are going to take a look at the humble pamphlet stitch. We will make three books; a five hole pamphlet stitch with a Mi-Teintes cover for the instructions; a simple 2" x 1 1/2" single signature three hole pamphlet stitch and a cover with a tab closure, and a two signature pamphlet that is 3" x 3" with a cover.

Materials to bring:
1. Thread for sewing your signatures: (linen, perle cotton, embroidery thread, hemp)
2. Paper for signatures:
  • 5 pieces 2" x 3" grain short text weight paper
  • 8 pieces 3" x 6" grain short text weight paper
  • 1 piece 3" x 11 3/4" grain short, Mi-Teintes, cardstock or similar paper
3. Paper for covers: 
  • 1 piece 8 1/2" x 11" grain short, Mi-Teintes or similar paper
  • 1 piece 11" x 4" grain short, light weight paper that folds sharply
  • 2 pieces 3" x 7" grain short, plus 1 piece 3" x 10" grain short, Mi-Teintes or similar paper. All three can be the same color or the two short papers can be complementary or contrasting colors from the 3" x 10" paper.

  • Note from Bobbie: Grain. I have been very specific about grain. For those of you who are not sure about which way grain is running on your paper, call me. There is a solution.
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler
  • Pencil
  • X-Acto or craft knife
  • Awl
  • Cutting mat or phone book (we need to protect the table surfaces)
  • Bone folder
  • Binder clips (small to medium - we are working with small items here)
  • Beeswax for your thread
  • Needles for sewing signatures

RSVP required by March 9 to Bobbie Hayes (contact information on the front page of the newsletter).

Saturday, March 14
Eureka Methodist Church
Del Norte & F Streets
What to bring?
See list above
Yes, required by March 9 to Bobbie Hayes (contact information on the front page of the newsletter).
Fifty cents

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day Workshop

   This past Valentine's day nine NORBAG members gathered to make valentines that Lorraine Miller-Wolf distributed to senior citizens. This creative group made 200 valentines that were given to seniors at Timber Ridge in McKinleyville and Eureka and Sequoia Springs in Fortuna. This is the tenth year that Lorraine has spearheaded this project, and she reached a new record of 824 valentines! Many thanks to the members who participated by attending the workshop or sending in valentines. It looks like a great time was had by all.

Lorraine Miller-Wolf

Photos courtesy of Lorraine Miller-Wolf and Dolores Guffey

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 Valentine Card Workshop

VALENTINE MAKING with Lorraine Miller-Wolf
A sampling of the many Valentines created for Lorraine's generous give-away
Please join me on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th for an afternoon of making beautiful, original valentines. They will be given to people receiving the Senior Nutrition Program home delivered meals, participants at the senior lunch sites and people living in our local board and care homes.
Feel free to bring your own supplies (suggestions are listed below). I will have card stock, stickers, etc. for your use...along with some munchies! A perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day by sharing your creative talents with people who will definitely appreciate the cards they receive from you. If you are unable to come to the workshop but would like to give me some cards, please contact Lorraine (see newsletter).

Materials to bring:
♦ Miscellaneous papers suitable for valentines
♦ Paper doilies
♦ Ribbon, lace, and other adornments
♦ Bone folder
♦ Scissors
♦ PVA glue / glue stick
♦ X-acto knife and cutting mat
♦ Stamps and stamp pads

Saturday, February 14
Eureka Methodist Church
Del Norte & F Streets
What to bring?
See list above

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valentine's Day at the Kiosk

Along with blue skies in Humboldt County, love is in the air! Are you looking for inspiration for handmade Valentine Day cards? The kiosk at the Eureka branch of the Humboldt County Library is featuring a selection of cards from years of February card exchanges by the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. If you cannot visit, the photos below will give some idea of the range of artistic approaches. 


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January Workshop: Expandable Journal

A Cross Structure Binding taught by Dolores Guffey

Journal by Dolores Guffey
This journal allows you the flexibility to add and/or delete signatures at will, because each signature is individually sewn onto the straps and not attached to any other signature. The covers are made of Tyvek which you will paint at the workshop. The painted Tyvek has a leather-like appearance; the color choice will be yours.

RSVP IS NECESSARY in order to have the covers available. RSVP to Dolores Guffey no later than January 6th by email or phone (see Newsletter).

Materials to Bring:
● Signatures: 12 sheets of 8-1/2"; x 11" text weight paper cut in half (8-1/2" x 5-1/2") ahead of time so that you have a total of 24 pieces 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" to bring to the workshop
● Cutting mat
● Metal ruler
● X-Acto or craft knife with new blade
● Scissors
*● Piercing tool and Piercing cradle
*● #2 Crewel needle
*● Acrylic paint (favorite color for cover)
*● 2" Paint brush & paint rag or paper towels
*● Beeswax
* Note: Items with an * will be available
to borrow if you don't have your own.

Materials provided by instructor:
● Tyvek for cover
● Thread
● Brad
● Trim piece

Saturday, January 10, 2015
12 noon
Eureka Methodist Church
Del Norte & F Streets

RSVP? Yes! by Jan 6
Materials Fee: $2.00