North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Julie Chen on PBS

We had the wonderful opportunity last March of having Julie Chen come to present a workshop. Julie was just featured on the PBS show Craft in America. If you missed it, you can view it online. You can skip directly to Julie's segment by clicking on the last button to the right below the video.

There's a local angle to keep in mind. Julie was working on her newest edition, a book with a mathematics theme, when she came to visit us. The NORBAG member and her husband who gave her a place to stay are, coincidentally, both mathematicians. Julie was a bit surprised, apparently, to discover that she could discuss mathematical equations with her hosts. This is one of the books shown in the video.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cross Strap Expandable Journal Workshop

Our next workshop, on Saturday Oct 10, will be taught by Dolores Guffey. 
If you want to come, you 
will need to RSVP by Oct 5 
(details below).

In January we made a four strap cross structure binding. This month we'll be doing a similar structure sewn on two straps. The extra neat thing with this one is that it is expandable. After making the journal you can add signatures, eliminate signatures, and even change the order of the signatures. The signatures aren't sewn to each other, but are individually sewn onto the straps. This allows the front and back covers to slip apart for modification.

What you'll need to bring:

16 sheets of 8½ x 11" text weight paper
Please have your paper cut and folded ahead of time as follows: Cut each sheet in half to 8½ x 5½". This will give you 32 pieces of paper. Gather 4 pieces together and fold in half (4¼ x 5½") to form a signature. Your text block will consist of 8 signatures of 4 pages each.

Plus supplies:
Metal ruler
Craft knife and cutting mat
Pencil and eraser
Glue stick
Double-sided tape
Piercing cradle (extras will be on hand if you don't have one)
Bone folder
Needle (with eye large enough for crewel thread)

The following materials will be provided for a $1.00 materials fee:
Covers, thread, and brads

We will be in our usual location at the usual time. Further info is in the newsletter that you received, or you can contact us for details. Please, you must RSVP Dolores by Monday, October 5 so that she has time to prepare enough materials for all participants. Her contact information is on page 2 of any newsletter from the Guild, and is also in the membership directory.