Monday, October 15, 2018

October 2018 NORBAG Workshop - Leather Bound Tiny Book

Kathy Warren attended the Newport Book Arts Festival this year and took a class making a leather bound tiny book that can be wearable art. She even taught us to use jewelry findings to turn them  into necklaces (or booklaces if you prefer). Kathy was made kits for each of us that included everything from the signatures through the beads and jewelry findings. 

This isn’t one of those little jewelry pieces that just looks like a book. Although it is 1 ½” by 2” in size, it is a casebound book with four signatures, a leather spine, stitching on the cover and a leather and bead closure. We added a jump ring, a thong and closures to make a necklace.
Kathy Warren brought several examples of what we can make, some as necklaces and others as simply tiny books.

Kathy brought excellent written instructions as well as diabrams for sewing patterns and how to affix the jump rings to the books.
We started by covering our tiny little boards. You can see by the pictures how small these books are and also the variety of decorative paper that Kathy supplied.

As with all book covers, we first cut the decorative papers to the appropriate size and then below, you can see the glueing.

We clip the corners (above) and then glue and fold over the edges (below).

Ending with two nicely covered panels (this is the inside of the cover).

Using the larger black leather (the smaller strip of black leather will become the closure) we glue the edges (below).

We then adhered the leather to the cover leaving an open space for the spine. Using a jig and awl, we pierced the cover for the decorative stitching (not only decorative but also ensured that the leather stayed in place).

This picture shows the sewing of the decorative stitches. The below photo shows the first side being completed. The stitching was mirrored on the opposite side of the cover.

The signatures were stitched through the leather and tied off.

Using the tiniest of beads, we made the closure. The smallest of tabs was glued and then sewn to the back of the book and then slit to make an opening for the beed.

Here are a number of photos of our books in progress. Each picture reinforces how small these lovely little books are.

Using different thread colors.

We had a great day. Wish all of you were there. Rather than a picture of the Exchange Books on a big table, they can be seen on Flickr after the 17th of October. Just tap this url:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Tiny books are fun to make and perfect to give as gifts. At the October NORBAG workshop Kathy Warren will teach a variation of the Booklaces course taught by Doris Arndt at the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival in 2018. The tiny books are easy to make, but the jewelry-making part can be a little more daunting. Kathy will demonstrate the bookbinding, and after books are completed she will help those who want to go on to make necklaces. She will have pliers, jump rings, beads, ribbon, wire, yarn and bangles available. If you have any of these items you would like to bring to enhance your own "booklace" please feel free to bring them. Kathy will provide: pre-cut leather in several colors, pre-cut board, pre-cut signatures, text weight decorative papers for covers, jigs and information sheets. The finished books will be 1 1/2" x 2" in size.

  • Waxed linen or crewel thread
  • Bees wax
  • Beads (if you don't want to use Kathy's)
  • Text weight decorative paper (if you don't want to use what Kathy provides)


  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors and X-acto knife
  • #22 Tapestry needle
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Waste paper
  • Glue or PVA (glue stick will NOT work)
  • Awl
  • Jewelry pliers if you have them

WHEN:    Saturday, October 13 at noon

WHERE:  Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte and F Streets
BRING:   See above list
RSVP:     YES, by Oct. 8 to Kathy (contact information in the newsletter)
COST:     $3.00