North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Friday, April 29, 2022


I'm betting that we all have little bits of pretty papers that we've saved yet don't really know what to do with them. Sandy Vrem has a solution for us. Join Sandy at our May workshop and she will guide us through the steps to make a Gallery Book plus a variation that can display small artwork. In the Gallery Book there will be 15 small display windows to showcase papers that have been decorated, photos, calligraphy, collections of stamps, animal pictures or other artworks.

Gallery Book to display artwork

Here are more of Sandy's examples

Another example

This is the variation we will make.

Sandy will provide directions for this variation.


  • One (1) piece of art paper like Mi-Teintes 22½" x 8". If possible have the grain short (running along the 8" height). This is for the accordion.
  • Two (2) pieces 8" x 8" for the covers. Sandy used the same paper as the accordion.
  • 15 small artwork pieces for your display windows, about 1½" wide by 1¼" high. You might want to wait until you have the book made to decide if you want to frame your art works before mounting them. If you decide to frame the artwork you will need more paper to do this.
  • For the variation book you will need one (1) piece of art paper like Mi-Teintes 22½" x 4½". Extra art papers will be needed for decoration. 


  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Metal ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Double sided tape
When:   Saturday May 14 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by May 9 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:   Sandy Vrem
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter.


If you happen to be in Eureka be sure to check out the current display in the kiosk behind the circulation counter. Artist books by our NORBAG member from Pennsylvania, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, are featured. Mary Elizabeth is a very talented artist who incorporates calligraphy, cyanotypes, eco-dyed papers and hand stitching into many of her books.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022


For our April workshop we made three books with a different "loopy" binding. Kris Nevius was our instructor and she patiently led us through the stitching directions. One of the best parts was seeing Kris' photographs of her examples and learning how easy it is to add even more variations to this very versatile stitch. Thank you Kris for another fun workshop.

Here are some of Kris' examples

This version had two loops at each station.

This version had three loops at every other stitch.

Using variegated thread gives a new look.

This version has three signatures with different loopy variations.

Another three signature book with two different loopy stitches.

Dolores Guffey shared her version of the two loop stitch.

Michele Kamprath's three books

Mark your calendars now for our next workshop on Sat. May 14 when Sandy Vrem will teach us how to make a Gallery Book to display small artwork.