North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Saturday, October 30, 2021


Becky Luening, our member from Portland, OR, will teach us a 3-signature journal at our November workshop. This structure has a pleated spine with the "Diamond X" stitch described in Keith Smith's 1-2-&3-Section Sewings: Non-adhesive Binding Vol. II. Becky will present a few variations before leading participants in preparing their covers and signatures, and then executing the Diamond X binding. Please prepare your cover and signature papers in advance. 


For the cover, choose heavy paper (e.g., watercolor or printing paper) that can be folded easily but is somewhat stiff and sturdy. Something colored or decorative. Cut to 18" wide by 7-1/16" high, grain short. (Note: If your scraps aren't quite big enough, the width can be reduced by a few inches; 18" allows for a full turn-in.) Optional: Line your cover with decorative paper using adhesive and overlap 1/4" to create a decorative edge on outer cover, top and bottom.

For the three signatures of five sheets each, start with 16 sheets of 8-1/2" x 7" paper (i.e., 8-1/2" x 11" paper, trimmed down); the one extra sheet will be used to create the jig for the binding holes. Note: you can use fewer sheets or more sheets per signature, depending on how many pages you want in your journal. Just figure the same number for each signature. 

Tools & other materials (plus papers above):

  • pencil & eraser
  • ruler
  • sewing cradle, or alternate, such as a phonebook
  • awl
  • linen or embroidery thread (5 to 6 feet)
  • beeswax
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle (apporx. size 22 = big enough for your thread, but small enough to pass through your beads, if using)
  • 12 beads (optional; if using, make sure your needle and thread are able to pass through the bead hole twice!)
  • bone folder
  • X-acto knife or similar

When:    Saturday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific time 
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     To Dolores Guffey by Nov. 8 to receive the link, password
              & Becky's instructions 
Workshop questions: Becky Luening
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter   

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