North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Saturday, May 28, 2022


 Our books often need a little something to hold them closed when they are not being read. Dolores Guffey will show us how to make ten different styles of belly bands at our June workshop. The plan is for us to first make a simple five-hole pamphlet stitch book with a soft cover and text weight paper. This book is for us to take notes and jot down instructions on how to make each of the bands. Dolores suggests that we use papers from our stash for these prototypes.

Dolores says "I will guide you through making the belly bands. The book you make will be used as an example of a book that needs a belly band. After making one band, you will remove it and then the next band will be made. At the end of the workshop, you will have one book and 10 different belly bands."

Materials List: 

  • Please have your papers cut prior to the workshop!

  • 1 (one) piece 8-3/4" x 7" light weight cardstock, or decorative paper of similar weight, grain short. This book is a prototype, it does not have to be expensive paper.
  • 6 (six) pieces of text weight paper 8-1/2" x 7", grain short
  • 8 (Eight) pieces 11" x 1-1/2" of light weight cardstock, (grain short) or any paper stronger than text weight paper that can be easily folded around a book. These will be the belly bands.
  • 2 (two) pieces of 19" x 1-1/2" (belly band paper, see previous bullet). Note: you can glue two strips of paper to make a 19" strip.
  • 1 (one) piece  5" x 3/4" mat board or cardboard strip
  • Toothpick & brads (optional)

Other Supplies:

  • Pencil
  • Piercing tool or T-pin
  • Metal ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Piercing cradle (or thick magazine or phone book)

Here are a couple more examples of books with belly bands.

When:   Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by June 6 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:  Dolores Guffey
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for Dolores and Bobbie is in the newsletter

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