Saturday, May 29, 2021


 Join Dolores Guffey at our June workshop as she guides us in making a single signature book with a medieval closure. The back stitch twist binding can easily be adapted to a multi-signature book (instructions for both single and multiple signatures will be provided). Dolores's intent when teaching a workshop is for us to make a prototype which will serve as a sample/reference for making additional more elaborate or more decorative books. Shown below are examples of the book using different colored papers and different types of threads for the binding. Hopefully this will help you decide what materials to use for the workshop. Please RSVP to Dolores (contact information is in the newsletter) by June 7 to receive instructions for the workshop. Papers need to be cut prior to the workshop.

Here are examples of the looks you can achieve using different colored papers and threads.

Decorative cover with contrasting closure

Spine binding

Book using same paper for closure

Plain cover with contrasting closure

Close-up of the binding

A is waxed linen
B is Perle cotton
C is embroidery floss

Multiple signatures using 
different colored threads


Cover paper: One piece 12" x 5 3/4", grain short. Suggestions: decorative or plain cardstock; Mi Teintes; Fabriano; watercolor paper (that won't crack when folded). Any decorative paper suitable for a cover that is more substantial than text weight paper.

Closure: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of paper to contrast with the cover paper. It can also be the same type of paper used for the cover as long as it is heavier than text weight.

Signature: 4 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" text weight paper

Jig: A piece of cardstock 2" x 5/8" (please be sure it is exactly 5/8" wide)

Thread: Waxed linen, Perle cotton; or embroidery floss. Thread color should complement, rather than match, the color of the cover. This is a decorative stitch to be seen and admired.

Adhesive: Double stick tape or glue stick

Tools: Needle (#2 crewel needle or #22 tapestry needle; piercing cradle (or a phone book) and piercing tool; bone folder; ruler; scissors; X-acto or craft knife; 2 paper clips; and a pencil

When:    Saturday June 12 at 10 am PST
Where:   On your computer, tablet, or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP and workshop questions: Dolores Guffey by June 7 to receive the password and further instructions
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes

Contact information for both Dolores and Bobbie is in the newsletter

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