North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Saturday, January 29, 2022


 With little time to spare before Valentine's Day, Diane Williams will show us a great card structure to make for our special Valentines. This fun card was inspired by Carol Duvall and features a window that changes when the card is opened. The size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (A2) and can feature anything you like in the changing window as long as it is flat. Here are some examples provided by Diane.

Front of card #1

Card 1 opened

Card #2 front

Card 2 opened

Supplies for the workshop:

  • Pencil
  • Stylus for scoring
  • Bone folder
  • Tape or glue
  • Exacto knife for cutting the circle
  • 2" circle template to trace for window opening. Other options - 2" circle punch or circle die with die cutting machine
  • 2 sheets 8 1/2" x 11" paper, 80 to 100 lb. weight
  • Embellishments to decorate your card and to use for the changing image such as: stamps and inks, photos, whatever fits your style as long as it is flat to allow the image to slide.
Please prepare in advance by cutting and labeling the following using the 8 1/2" x 11" paper listed above:
  • One front panel - 4 1/4" x 8 1/4"
  • One inside panel - 4 1/4" x 8 1/2"
  • One back panel - 4 1/4" x 5 3/4"

When:    Saturday, 10 am PST February 12, 2022
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     Dolores Guffey by February 7, 2022
Workshop questions:  Diane Williams
Zoom questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

Don't forget to make valentines to give to Lorraine Miller-Wolf for distribution to seniors in Care Homes etc. For more information check the newsletter, the bottom of the previous blog article, or contact Lorraine.

The Humboldt County library in Eureka currently has a display of Valentines made for previous exchanges. Thank you Kenzie Mullen for arranging the display. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022


Our first workshop of 2022 got off to a great start with more than 50 members in attendance. Carol DuBosch showed us how to sew a binding that is ideal for use with single sheets of heavy papers or book boards. One happy aspect of the Slip Knot binding is that it is pretty simple to do and does not even require a needle. The hardest part is keeping the threads from twisting so that you get a kind of braid that resembles the Coptic stitch.  

Here are some screenshots of Carol 

and her demonstration of the binding.

We started with the back cover.

We added more pages and finished by tucking
 the threads to the inside of the front cover to tie off.

This screenshot shows some members
displaying their newly bound books

Allegra Burke's open book

Allegra's book closed

Barbara Clark bound one of her art journals.

Bobbie Hayes

Dolores Guffey redid the stitching on her book
 from a previous workshop.

Sherrill Story made two books for her grandchildren
 using the Slip Knot.

Bonnie Julien used beer coasters for her book
and added a bead before tying off.

Thank you Carol for a fun and informative workshop.

Valentines made at a previous NORBAG workshop

For the past 16 years our local member, Lorraine Miller-Wolf, has been hosting valentine making events and collecting handmade valentines to distribute to the senior nutrition program, various senior health care homes as well as the dialysis centers. Due to Covid-19 she is unable to host these events this year but will still collect valentines for distribution. If you are able to contribute your handmade valentines please contact Lorraine ( If you live outside of Humboldt county consider making and donating valentines in your own area. Lorraine reports that the seniors always enjoy and appreciate the valentines.