Wednesday, March 30, 2022

LOOPY BOOKS

At our April workshop we will be making three books with different single signature "loopy" bindings.  Kris Nevius will show us this fun alternative to the pamphlet stitch, and challenge us to create our own variations. These books could be just the thing to add to Easter baskets.


Supplies:

  • 3 signatures, 6 to 8 sheets each, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", folded to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
  • 3 covers: Canson Mi-Teintes is a good choice. 8-7/8" x 5-5/8", folded in half
  • 3 pieces of 4 ply waxed linen thread or something similar: one each at 25", 35", and 45"
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
Before the workshop please get your books ready to sew.

Insert each signature into a cover and punch the holes for the three books we will sew. Punch the holes in the spine, through the cover and signature, measuring along the signature for each book as specified below.

Book 1: 1/4", then every 1/2", which will leave 1/4" at the bottom. Use a post-it note and mark this one #1. There should be 11 holes.

Books 2 and 3: 1/2", then every 3/8", which leaves 1/2" at the bottom. There should be 13 holes.


When:    Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. PDT

Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom

RSVP:     To Dolores Guffey by April 4 to receive the password

Workshop Questions: Kris Nevius

Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes

Contact information is in the newsletter

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

MARVELOUS MINIS

What a fun workshop! Many thanks to Edge Gerring for leading us through a great workshop where we not only learned how to make a miniature book, but had a bonus lesson in simple drawing. I belong to the "I can't draw anything but a daisy" camp and I came away with a whole new perspective on drawing. Afterwards, members commented on how relaxing the whole process was and how eager they were to try more. It's true that these were simple basic drawings, but it all worked so well with the cute miniature book. And best of all, it's a stepping stone to expanding on the technique.

This screenshot shows Edge demonstrating the vine drawing.

A split-screen image of Edge as she finishes the cover of one mini book.

Here are a few examples of our books.


Bonnie Julien


Michele Kamprath

This is the front side of Michele's book, the photo above is the back side.

The cover of Michele's book

Margaret Beech


If you are interested in more book art "eye candy" check out this exhibit at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. This is the Illustrated Accordion Exhibition. Our member, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, has a wonderful leaf alphabet book in the exhibit. Look for a green book with black leaves and tree names around four+ minutes into the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AP95N5cyv8k