North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, March 28, 2021


Are you looking for ideas on what to use as inserts in books, on cards, or just for general art work? If so, then the April workshop of Folded Curiosities, taught by Sandy Vrem, is for you. These Curiosities will include: Impossible Objects, Flexagons, Quadragons, Wow Folds and a Woven Accordion Flexagon Book. We will make prototypes so you will have models that you can use to explore other possible structures and unique decorating ideas. Sandy says "be ready to measure accurately and be prepared to do some trimming!" Patterns will be sent to you with the link for Zooming when you RSVP (contact information in the newsletter). You will need to print the patterns on appropriate paper and cut them out so we can have time to put them together. 

Here is an assortment of the various structures.

These are the Impossible Objects

Materials for the impossible Objects: 

Print out the Three (3) patterns on cardstock with the same color on both sides.


Materials for Flexagons:

Print out the three (3) patterns on text weight paper (computer/printer paper)


Materials for Quadragons:

Cut out four (4) pieces of cardstock 2" x 4" and cut out two (2) cardstock circles that are 4" in diameter.

Wow Folds

Materials for Wow Folds:

Cut out three (3) text weight paper squares 6" x 6" and cut out four (4) text weight paper squares 4" x 4".

Woven Accordion Flexagon Book

Above book opened

Materials for Woven Accordion Flexagon Book:

Cut one (1) piece of cardstock to 10" x 8" for the accordion, and two (2) pieces of text weight paper 2 1/2" x 8" for the woven strips.

Tools and other materials:

Pencil, eraser, scissors, craft knife with sharp blade, ruler, cutting mat, scoring tool, bone folder, clear tape or masking tape, glue stick, double sided tape, colored pencils or crayons in four different contrasting colors. Have a few extra sheets of text weight paper handy in case we have time to make more.

WHEN:   Saturday April 10 at 10 a.m. PST
WHERE: On your computer, tablet, or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    YES! to Dolores Guffey by April 2 to receive password and instructions

Workshop questions: Sandy Vrem
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes

Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter.

*Exciting News*

Check back here on April 1 (No Fooling!) for information about an upcoming collaborative project opportunity.

Monday, March 15, 2021


 Our member from England, Margaret Beech, delivered a real triple whammy of a workshop by sharing two versions of her "Triple Whammy" book/card AND a wonderful pocket envelope that can hold several different structures. Members from multiple states, Canada, and England joined the Zoom workshop. 

After the instructional part of the workshop Dolores shared this month's exchange books that were designed using the theme "Abecedarium". Once again it is a wonderful collection of beautiful books. A link to the photos will soon be available on our flickr site.

Here are some examples of the book/cards that were made.

Jill McInerney


Jill features a WOW foldout in her wrapper.

Jill's beautiful paper enhances this wrapper.

Edge Gerring

Another side of Edge's card

Michele Kamprath

Another Triple Whammy card by Michele

Molly Millman

Second side of Molly's card

Third side of Molly's Triple Whammy card

Stephanie Weigel

Side two of Stephanie's card

Side three of Stephanie's Happy Birthday card

Mary Elizabeth Nelson

A different Whammy card by Mary Elizabeth

A different side of Mary Elizabeth's first card

This photo of Mary Elizabeth's book/cards shows why
Margaret named the structure a Triple Whammy.

Sherrill Story

Second page of above card 

Sherrill's second card

Another page of the card above

Beth McIlraith

Beth used her own eco-dyed papers with birds
and flowers cut from old books.

Another page of Beth's book

Another view of Beth's book

Thank you to Margaret for another great workshop, and to everyone who attended and sent photos of their work.