North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018


At the March workshop Bobbie Hayes will lead us in making an "everyday journal". This will be a quick and easy sewn journal with a paper cover. Alisa Golden made mention on her blog that when she would teach a journal making class no one wanted to use them because they were too nice. So she suggested making a small basic journal that students would actually use. Hopefully this will be that journal that will be used on a daily basis, and it could also be the start of many variations for future journals.

At the beginning of the class Bobbie will show us how to make a simple journal. The second part of the workshop will cover ways that we can vary this little journal and end up with some great books using bow tie, French stitch, exposed spine, case bound, or self covers.

Materials to bring:
  • 16 sheets measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (grain short) text weight paper. The most economical way to do this is to use 8 sheets of text weight paper and cut them in half.
  • 2 sheets of cardstock or heavier scrapbook paper measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (grain short)
  • 1 sheet of paper 5 3/4" x 12" to act as a cover. Mi Teintes, Fabriano, or heavier 12" x 12" scrapbook paper would be appropriate.
  • 40" of waxed linen binding thread, perle cotton or embroidery floss that hasn't been split. (If you use perle cotton or embroidery floss, it should be well waxed. Bobbie will bring wax if you don't have any.)
  • 1 piece of cardstock (scrap) that is 2" x 5 1/2" long, folded in half long wise.
Tools and supplies:
  • 1 sewing needle (Bobbie's suggestion is a Tapestry needle #18-22. They have an eye large enough for these thicker threads and are already somewhat dull.)
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Bone Folder
  • Small cutting mat (if you don't have one, an old telephone book will work)
  • Cradle or something to punch the signature holes on
  • Awl, probe or t-pin (t-pin is least desirable because of fineness
  • Adhesive - double-sided tape, glue stick and/or pva
When:    Saturday March 10 at 12 noon
Where:   Eureka Methodist Church at Del Norte & F Streets
Bring:     Check above list
Cost:      $1.00
RSVP:     Yes, by March 4 to Bobbie, her contact information is in the newsletter

Monday, February 19, 2018


From February 13 to 15 ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, according to the tale of St. Valentine. He wrote his inamorata (female sweetheart or lover) a note signed “from your Valentine”, which is considered the first Valentine's greeting. Valentine greetings were popular in the Middle Ages when lovers said or sang their Valentines.  According to information from, written Valentines began to appear after 1400.  The oldest written Valentine in existence was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans while imprisoned in the Tower of London.

Not a heart nor a bit of red to be seen in the Duke's written Valentine.

In a much more modern style, NORBAG members got together for our February meeting to make Valentine cards. Lorraine Miller-Wolf takes our cards to Senior Nutrition home delivered meals and senior lunch sites, to dialysis patients and to our local convalescent homes. Hopefully you will enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed the day.

Lorraine doesn't hesitate for a moment. She used stamps
 and stamp pads, decorative scissors and cutters. 

Miriam is busy too. She makes her Holiday cards out of reused holiday cards.
 I wonder if her material is from recycled cards.

Edge's card for the exchange had three hearts with paper lace.
 She also loves pop-ups. Look closely, you can see them at the bottom of the picture.

The tables were covered with red, white, and pink papers!

We started with some very pretty ones.

Pretty pinks and reds with paper lace and a very bold black, white and red.

Lots of lovely paper lace!

Anytime we get together, it's always fun to see how we have such different aesthetics.

I love that this little elephant has hearts raining from under the umbrella.

Is this a play on words or slightly slushy speech?

We are so happy that we have filled the box.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Valentine themed cards and books made by North Redwoods Book Arts Guild members, past and present, are on display in the Humboldt County Library kiosk near the book check-out & returns area.  Art forms include concertina fold, collage, skewer binding, tunnel book, case binding, pop-up cards, Jacob’s Ladder, origami, and an array of card styles. Colorful papers and fabrics were used along with a variety of design techniques, embellishments, poetry, art, printing, and calligraphy to create these “made with love” Valentines.

Thank you Dianne Byington for arranging this display.