Monday, September 26, 2022


There are many different types of meander books. At our October meeting Carol DuBosch will teach us the Diamond Fold Meander using a template and a demo page that will be provided. She will also share many original books she has made over the years using this practical and unusual approach to an accordion fold book. Carol's books contain a wide variety of texts and contents that will hopefully inspire your future bookmaking.

Demonstration Book

Demonstration Book folded with belly band added.

Another demo book, this one written with gouache
and colored with ink that was sprayed with water. 

A different view of the book

Supplies to have for the workshop

  • PDF pages printed to "Actual Size"
  • Trim the page with William Stafford's word to 5.5" x 11" as instructed on the page. We will fold and make the cuts for that page during the class.
  • One (1) piece of text weight paper cut to a rectangle that measures 2:1. Any size will work, so long as the length is twice the width of the rectangle.
  • Cutting mat
  • Xacto knife
  • Metal straight edge
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil

More examples of the Diamond Fold Meander

A close-up view of the folds

This is one book that was made with two Diamond
Fold Meanders that were glued together. Carol will
demonstrate this technique.

Workshop Details:

When:    Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     Dolores Guffey by October 3 to receive the password and PDF's
Workshop Questions:  Carol DuBosch
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

Monday, September 12, 2022


 Our September Criss Cross Accordion workshop taught by Mary Conley was a great success with more than 40 participants. Our thanks go to Mary for showing us a lovely sculptural book that can also hold cards in the "pockets". We discovered that the sizes of the book pieces can also be cut in half to make a smaller version just right for holding ATC cards.

Two books by Bobbie Hayes, one a smaller size,
and both with her beautifully decorated papers.

The smaller book is oriented to lift up,
 rather than from the side like the larger book. 

This book is by Bonnie Julien.

Bonnie's book includes ties of waxed linen thread
inserted through holes punched with a Dremel.

Margaret Beech used Dylusion inks 
to create these beautiful painted covers.

Margaret's book demonstrates how the
crossed pages can be used as pockets.

Humboldt County Library Display

The kiosk at the Humboldt County Library in Eureka has a new display of miniature books made by Edge Gerring. If you are in the area, be sure to check out this great collection. Thank you Edge for sharing your wonderful books with us.

Saturday, August 27, 2022


Twenty-seven years ago this month NORBAG was established and we are still going strong. Congratulations and happy anniversary to everyone for continuing to keep NORBAG a valuable book art organization.

Our September workshop will be a Criss Cross Accordion Book taught by our member from Victoria, B.C., Mary Conley. This is a great sculptural book with a real WOW factor when opened.


  • Four (4) pieces of cardstock 4" x 12"
  • Two (2) pieces of cardstock 4" x 9"
  • pencil
  • eraser
  • ruler (preferably metal)
  • glue stick
  • Xacto or craft knife
  • cutting mat
  • bone folder
  • scoring tool
  • ribbon closure
  • spine piece 4.25" x 1" bookboard or mat board
  • Two (2) covers 4.25" x 6.25" bookboard or mat board
  • paper to cover the outside of the book 16" x 6.25"
  • paper to cover the inside of the book 4 1/8" x 13.5"
  • Two (2) pieces of book/mat board 4" x 2" glued together
Important: the grain of the papers and boards must run in the same direction.


  • A strip of mat board 1/2" wide by 12" long
  • A jig to trim the corners of your cover paper. The pattern is in the newsletter.
Mary reports that she has found both these items to be very useful tools in book binding.

Here's an idea from Mary of how you can expand on this Criss Cross structure to make a very sculptural holly pop-up.

When:   Saturday September 10 at 10 a.m. PDT

Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom

RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by September 5 to receive the password

Workshop Questions:  Mary Conley

Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes

Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


 Our August workshop taught by Kit Davey gave us a great new structure to feature ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) or any decorated card. The book we made had space for four "pop out" cards but you could make it to feature just one card or many more. Our book did not have an additional cover, but Kit demonstrated how to add a cover with a spine for books with more pages. Thank you Kit for introducing us to this new structure. Here are some examples of the books we made.

Michele Kamprath

The plain background pages show off Michele's painted cards.

Michele's beautiful covers.

Cheri Aldrich used her collaged papers
 for the book pages and the cards.

In this photo you can see that if one more page
was added on the left, the book would form a star
shape in the middle.

Cheri's great collages are featured in this structure.

Margaret Beech

Margaret's cover

Margaret used a different color combination
for each of the four page units.

Monday, August 1, 2022


Book artist Kit Davey will show us how to make a "Pop Up and Out" book at our August workshop. It's a fun, interactive book. When you turn the pages, a card pops up and out of the structure. The book is designed to contain artist trading cards or playing cards (2 1/2" x 3 1/2"). Kit asks that you plan to embellish your cards before or after the class, as she will focus on making the book to contain them during the workshop. 

To see more of Kit's work, go to her website: or 

her Instagram page.

Tools Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife and cutting mat
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Ruler with metal edge
  • Bone folder
  • Liquid glue, such as PVA, Modge Podge, Elmer's
  • 1/4" and/or 1/2" wide brush, water container, and rag
  • Optional: double-sided tape


You must cut out the materials in advance of the class! There will not be time to cut things out during class.

For the pages:

  • Eight (8) pieces double-sided (with a pattern or color on both sides) cardstock, 4" x 6"

For the cards:

  • Four (4) pieces double-sided cardstock 2 1/2" by 3 1/2" -artist trading card size/same size as playing cards. Note: We will NOT be embellishing them during the workshop--please plan to do that before or after the workshop.

When:     Saturday August 13 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     To Dolores Guffey by August 8 to receive the password
Workshop questions:  Kit Davey
Zoom questions:   Bobbie Hayes
Contact information will be in the newsletter.

If you're in the Eureka area be sure to check out the latest kiosk exhibit at the Humboldt County Library. This exhibit features books with pockets that can hold bookmarks. Thank you Kenzie Mullen for arranging the display.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022


Once again we had a very successful NORBAG workshop via Zoom to learn a variation of a long stitch binding. Michele Kamprath led us through the steps to create a beautiful book that is very suitable for journaling. She made sure to remind us to actually use our blank journals and not just admire them on a shelf. The size and stitching pattern for this book is easily adaptable, but most of us made books that are 7.5” tall by 5” wide with eight signatures and a ¾” spine. When opened, the book lies flat making it very suitable for sketching or journaling. Thank you Michele for a great workshop.

Here are some examples of the books we made. 

Allegra Burke

Cheri Aldrich

Cheri fixed a folding error by stitching over it,
 thus giving it an added decorative feature.  

Margaret Beech
By making a "bow tie" in the center section
you can adjust the tension as well as adding interest.

Bosha Struve

Mary Conley

Bonnie Julien

Monday, June 27, 2022


If you've ever tried to follow Keith Smith's directions for sewing structures, but found them confusing, you're in luck because Michele Kamprath is coming to our rescue. She will show us a variation of the long stitch journal described in Keith Smith's Non-Adhesive Binding Vol. 1. This is a great journal to use or to give as a gift. The journal size Michele will teach is 7 1/2" tall. If you prefer to make a shorter version either 5 1/2" or 6" tall, you will be able to adapt your journal sewing pattern to match the size difference during our workshop.

These two journals feature Michele's
 beautiful eco prints on the covers.

These journals show different sizes 
and painted covers.

For the cover:

Use a heavy weight paper like a 140 lb. watercolor paper if possible. It needs to be a paper that is sturdy but still able to fold. Decorated or colored paper will be best. Maybe you have an old painting lying around or want to get out your brushes and play? The cover should be 7 1/2" tall x 13 1/2" wide (grain short if possible). This will allow for a pocket turn-in on the cover. If you do not want a pocket turn-in, your paper would be 11 1/4" wide.

For the signatures:

We will be sewing eight signatures into our cover. Using text weight paper, you will need about 48 pieces (six per signature) that would fit into a 3/4" spine area. If your paper is heavier, you will need less than 48 sheets. Signature paper size: 7 1/2" tall x 10 1/4" wide grain short if possible.

Note: Please cut cover and signatures ahead of the workshop time. Please weight your signatures overnight if possible so they will fit neatly into your spine area.

Tools Needed:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Ruler
  • Piercing cradle or phonebook
  • Awl
  • Waxed linen or embroidery thread to match cover
  • Beeswax if needed for unwaxed thread
  • Needle (wide-eyed like a tapestry needle)
  • Bone folder
  • X-acto or other cutter
  • A piece of paper for your sewing jig: 7 1/2" tall x 3" wide
  • optional tools: small needle-nosed pliers and tweezers

   Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by July 4 to receive the password
Workshop questions:  Michele Kamprath
Zoom questions:   Bobbie Hayes
Contact information is in your directory or the newsletter