North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, June 27, 2022


If you've ever tried to follow Keith Smith's directions for sewing structures, but found them confusing, you're in luck because Michele Kamprath is coming to our rescue. She will show us a variation of the long stitch journal described in Keith Smith's Non-Adhesive Binding Vol. 1. This is a great journal to use or to give as a gift. The journal size Michele will teach is 7 1/2" tall. If you prefer to make a shorter version either 5 1/2" or 6" tall, you will be able to adapt your journal sewing pattern to match the size difference during our workshop.

These two journals feature Michele's
 beautiful eco prints on the covers.

These journals show different sizes 
and painted covers.

For the cover:

Use a heavy weight paper like a 140 lb. watercolor paper if possible. It needs to be a paper that is sturdy but still able to fold. Decorated or colored paper will be best. Maybe you have an old painting lying around or want to get out your brushes and play? The cover should be 7 1/2" tall x 13 1/2" wide (grain short if possible). This will allow for a pocket turn-in on the cover. If you do not want a pocket turn-in, your paper would be 11 1/4" wide.

For the signatures:

We will be sewing eight signatures into our cover. Using text weight paper, you will need about 48 pieces (six per signature) that would fit into a 3/4" spine area. If your paper is heavier, you will need less than 48 sheets. Signature paper size: 7 1/2" tall x 10 1/4" wide grain short if possible.

Note: Please cut cover and signatures ahead of the workshop time. Please weight your signatures overnight if possible so they will fit neatly into your spine area.

Tools Needed:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Ruler
  • Piercing cradle or phonebook
  • Awl
  • Waxed linen or embroidery thread to match cover
  • Beeswax if needed for unwaxed thread
  • Needle (wide-eyed like a tapestry needle)
  • Bone folder
  • X-acto or other cutter
  • A piece of paper for your sewing jig: 7 1/2" tall x 3" wide
  • optional tools: small needle-nosed pliers and tweezers

   Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by July 4 to receive the password
Workshop questions:  Michele Kamprath
Zoom questions:   Bobbie Hayes
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Tuesday, June 21, 2022


 As mentioned in the previous blog article, the 2022 Puget Sound Book Artists 11th annual members' exhibition continues at Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The theme this year is Peaks & Valleys. Here are more photographs from the exhibit. This exhibit will continue through August 5, 2022.

Espace by John Arbuckle

Lake Tahoe: A Personal Connection
 by Mikayla Dimulias

She Sells Sea Shells by Patricia Chupa

Up & Down: Eco Notes by Marilyn Stablein

A Paper Quilter's Exploration by Lucia Harrison

Water's Way by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Peaks & Valleys by Ray Zill

Aunt Leaf's Book of Hope
 by Patricia Chupa

River Haiku by Sally Alger

Ubuntu--Tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
by Belinda Hill

Marble Math: A Tactile Experience for Adults
by Peter Newland

If. by Bonnie Thompson Norman

Bark Beetle Book Vol. XXXVIII: Below the Bark
by Suze Woolf

Monday, June 13, 2022


Making a collection of Belly Bands was the project for the June NORBAG workshop taught by Dolores Guffey. First we made a simple one signature pamphlet stitched book to use as the model for our bands. Next, Dolores led us through making a series of eight different bands from a very simple wraparound one to a more decorative interlocking origami style band. 

By displaying several different books, she also showed how belly bands can be used to hold a book closed, but they can also give a hint as to what the reader will see inside. It was a very informative workshop and I suspect we'll be seeing many more exchange books with different belly bands in the future.

An example of just how creative our members can be with "on the fly" ideas, Margaret Beech shared her idea of folding simple pockets into her model book to hold each of the different belly bands. What a perfect way to keep all the bands in one place to use as prototypes for future books.

Margaret's book showing the folds for the different belly bands.

Margaret's version of the Interlocking origami style band.

Sue Reynolds' book showing the circle & brad
band that incorporates a tie.

Bosha Stuve's book holds all her prototypes.
The cover of Bosha's book


Bonnie Julien's book

The inside of Bonnie's book with pockets.

Mary Elizabeth Nelson's book with her
beautiful cyanotype papers and belly band in place.

Inside the book with pockets for the bands.

Looking down at the book.

The 2022 Puget Sound Book Artists 11th annual members' exhibition opened at Collins Memorial Library on the campus of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. The theme this year is Peaks & Valleys. Here are a few photographs from the Exhibit. More photos will follow in future posts. The exhibit will continue through August 5, 2022.

Mark Hoppmann, The Genie Within

Ann Storey, Encompassed by Light and Life

Laurel Moorhead, Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Debbi Commodore, Take a Moment

Laura Russel, The Enchanting Desert

Mary Preston, Phrases/Phases/Faces of the Moon

Debbi Commodore, This