Monday, June 18, 2018


On June 9, 2018, Michele Kamprath led a workshop for a strap journal. We started with a text block of four signatures. It is a simple text block made with a kettle stitch at the head and tail of the spine and a single long stitch in the middle. What sets this book apart is that the long stitch is sewn over a strap that is then woven through the cover to bind the cover to the text block.

As usual, we all started with the same instructions and ended up with many different looking books.

Michele brought several examples of how the strap can connect to the covers.

This is Michele's sample. You can clearly see the long stitches through the window cutout. The strap stayed on the inside of the cover and then popped out and right back in. Both papers were decorated by Michele using a brush and acrylic inks.

The text block is made of four signatures with a kettle stitch at the head and tail
of the text block. A paper strip is caught by a single long stitch in the middle.

The paper is folded to make the one-half inch spine in the middle of the cover.

We "dry fit" the book in the cover. The band is not yet connected to the cover. Also notice that the cover extends beyond the signature. It will be folded back (to the inside) to result in an uncut lead edge for strength and appearance. It can also cover some of the mechanics of the structure.

Our next step was to measure the opening in the cover of the spine to show the stitching and the strap. There are several ways to cut this hole. It can be as simple as a cutout, or cutting an "I" that looks like cupboard doors that open resulting in two small cuts and two folded edges, or cutting an "X" cut that results in four folded edges.

 The next photos show variations for the strap.

This strap comes outside the opening and then is buried within the cover.

This strap starts outside of the cover and then weaves in-out-in on the cover.

This strap stays inside the cover until it pops out with a decorative cut end.

The front part of this strap stays outside of the hole and dips into a crescent shaped slit on the left. The back side of the strap is extended around the front and into another crescent shaped cut.

Take a look at the variety of books.

Hope you like them.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


In celebration of Flag Day, June 14th and Independence Day, July 4th, members of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild have displayed flag and star structure books in the Humboldt County Library kiosk. Included are single and double flag books made with photographs, watercolor paintings of local landscapes, artwork, butterfly prints, and a signal-flag message.  Star books included feature tunnel pages, pockets, cut outs, recycled book pages, poetry, educational, artistic, and entertaining formats representing Matisse, Frida Kahlo, and other creative varieties.

e Flag Books f
“...a fold has two sides, each going in a different direction.
If a flag is pasted to one side of the fold,
 it will lie down heading in one direction; if pasted to the other side,
 the flag will lie pointing in the other direction.”
by Shereen LaPlantz
The flag book structure was developed in 1979 by Hedi Kyle.

e Star Books f
Star Books come in a variety of structures which form a star shape. 
Variations include
“ a triple layer accordion fold book,” “two sets of signatures... bound together with spacers...” and
“three layers of concertina folds, with cutouts, sewn together on the fore edge” and other star folds.
by Shereen LaPlantz

Thank you Dianne Byington for providing the photographs and creating this display.