Sunday, October 13, 2019


All Stitched Up is an international juried book arts exhibition currently at Collins Library at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Curators Catherine Alice Michaelis, Jane Carlin, and Diana Weymar describe the theme as "to stitch is to join together, to mend, or fasten as with stitches--to sew. To stitch is to bring together fabric, paper, wounds of the body, or cultural divides. Stitching can be an act of healing, hope, practicality, creativity, and revolution. All Stitched Up recognizes and celebrates the work of book artists' where stitching has become an integral part of the visual design." This exhibit will run until December 11, 2019.

Trial by Fire - Catherine Alice Michaelis

Threads: Clothing Superstitions - Deborah Greenwood
Handmade paper from cotton jeans, vintage lace, and handkerchief inclusions.

Vanilla - Lynn and Gene Olson

And I Never Go Back on My Word - Clara Congdon

Women on the Water - Jan Ward & the WOWers

Hands - Patricia Grass
A Drum Leaf Binding

Bark Beetle Book Vol. XXII - Suze Woolf
Log with fir engraver galleries, iron-oxide dyed felt, embroidery,
 beads, brass grommets & binding post.

Nine - Naomi Velasquez
Flag book, vintage typewriter, found papers, embroidery floss

Cities & Skies - Alicia Bailey & Lauren Winges

Common Threads 101 - Candace Hicks
Hand embroidery on canvas

Revealing Invisible Patterns - Debbi Commodore
Fifty-nine (59) 1, 2,& 3 section non-adhesive exposed spine
binding signatures from a discarded reference book.

Stitching a Living: The WPA Sewing Rooms - Nancy Brones
Fabric book, 100% cotton muslin, batting, embroidery floss, silk &
metallic thread, vintage quilt pieces, reproduction quilt fabric, colored pencils.

Stitching the Forest Together - Lucia Harrison
Flexible forest floor rests on star-shaped piano hinge accordion.
Handmade & commercial papers, botanical printing, thread, oak, archival ink.

Friday, October 4, 2019


The October meeting will be a binding workshop taught by Donna Gephart. These three binding stitches were recently taught in Sonoma County by Kris Nevius, a NORBAG member since 2003 who lives in Graton, California and is also a member of the Sonoma County Book Arts Guild. Kris cites Keith Smith and Susan Longerot as her inspiration for the stitches.

Materials to bring:

  • Covers: Three (3) pieces of 5 5/8 x 8 7/8 paper folded in half. Canson Mi Teintes, or similar paper works well. The stitch is the "star" here, so a solid color spine shows it off best. For Mi Teintes, or other papers that might tear when sewing, bring a piece of the cover paper or another decorative paper 1/2" x 5 5/8" to glue onto the inside or outside of cover as reinforcement for the spine (one for each book). If you want this reinforcement to be a decorative element for your book, consider making it wider than 1/2". Bring decorative elements for your covers if you want to decorate them in class.
  • Signatures: Three signatures (one per book), with 6-8 sheets in each signature. Sheets: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
  • Thread: One piece of waxed linen or Perle cotton, color to complement your cover paper, 25" long (middle book in photo). Another piece 35" long (book on right) and another piece 45" long (book on left).
Tools to bring:
  • Piercing cradle, foam board or phone book for piercing
  • needle (s)
  • cutting mat
  • piercing tool
  • X-acto or craft knife
  • ruler
  • bone folder
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • glue stick to glue your reinforcement (or decorative) paper to the spine
Donna will provide instructions.

When:   Saturday, Oct. 12 at noon
Where:  Eureka Methodist Church, Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:    See above list
Cost:     $1.00
RSVP:    YES, by Tuesday Oct. 8 to Donna (contact information in the newsletter)