North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Sunday, August 29, 2021


Do you love to look at pop-up and 3D books but are intimidated to try making them yourself? If so, then our September workshop is just for you. For more than 20 years Mary Conley has shown her 3D and pop-up books in juried shows both in Canada and the US. In this workshop she will share some of her books and reveal the materials behind their construction. We will also make a sample of her watermelon book and learn the details of the construction of the 360 degree Tree book. Some of Mary's books were made with a Silhouette Cameo cutter, a useful tool for making multiple copies. For fun, we'll also make a pop-up rose bouquet. To learn more about Mary and her work visit this site:

Here are some examples of Mary's beautiful and very fun creations.

Materials and Tools:

  • Six 8" circles cut from lightweight cardstock, cut out in advance
  • Seven (7) roses printed on copy paper and cut out in advance (Dolores will send the pattern when you RSVP)
  • One (1) colored sheet of 6" x 9" cardstock
  • glue stick
  • bone folder

   Saturday September 11, 10 a.m. Pacific time
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by September 6 to receive password
              and Mary's pdf
Workshop questions: To Mary Conley
Zoom questions: To Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021


For those of us who were fortunate enough to attend the August 14th Zoom workshop on how to embroider on paper, it was a terrific experience. Celeste Chalasani provided us with a set of great worksheets that we could print out and use to practice various stitches. She also gave us a lot of useful tips including which end of the DMC folded thread package to pull out the end of the thread (the side with the color number printed on the label). The best part is that we now have these great little sample sheets that can be put together into a book for handy reference. Here are a few examples of completed books.

Margaret tied her individual sheets together with kite thread.

Dianne pasted her examples into an accordion book.

Bonnie also used an accordion structure and added a cover
 with additional decorative stitching.

Here are a few screenshots of Celeste's embroidery.

These examples show embroidery onto photographs
to add a three-dimensional quality.

Can you find the embroidered bees and caterpillar in these photos?

The photo on the left has embroidered ladybugs.

Many thanks to Celeste for a wonderful workshop. Hopefully we'll soon see more examples of embroidery on paper in upcoming exchange books.