North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, June 26, 2023


 This variation of the Sewn Boards Binding is a quick method of creating a book with a wraparound cover. Our instructor, Celeste Chalasani, will show us how the wrapper can unfold as a wide panorama, presenting book arts possibilities. The text block can be made of either text weight paper to create a blank journal or cardstock with pages inside the book that can hold your artwork.

 Materials Required

  • 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" sized text weight paper for the signatures (32 sheets) to create a blank journal OR 8 (eight) pages of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" cardstock if you would like to create a book with pages that can be decorated. NOTE: Please fold the 32 sheets of text paper into eight sections of four sheets OR each of the eight pages of cardstock into singular pages before class.
  • 2 (two) pieces of 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" cardstock for the outer folios
  • 19" x 5-1/2" Heavy paper (Canson Colorline, Mi-Teintes, or Fabriano Tiziano). Note: Any artistic work for the wrapper must be done before the book is constructed. The height of this paper can be adjusted if you want to make sure the text block doesn't show.
  • 1" x 5-1/2" Hahnemuhle Bugra or rice paper for the spine lining. If these are not available you can substitute lightweight decorative paper.
  • Needle and 2 yards waxed linen thread for sewing the signatures
  • PVA glue
  • 3" x 5-1/2" cardstock for creating a punching template

Tools Needed

  • Bone folder
  • Awl
  • Punching cradle
  • Glue brush
  • Cutting mat
  • Metal ruler or straight edge
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Gluing up boards
  • Ruler

Another example of how the cover wraps around the book.

When:   Saturday July 8 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    Dolores Guffey by July 3 to receive the password
Workshop Questions: Celeste Chalasani
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information for everyone is in the newsletter

Bonnie Halfpenny presents a challenge for our September exchange

The trouble with starting things is that eventually you need to finish them!  or make a painful decision to discard the leftovers.  Every September, NORBAG reaches out and gives us the opportunity to get some unfinished project off the shelf, and out into the world.  The image below is one of my unfinished pieces (I think “clothing” was the theme).  Let’s face it- most unfinished works happen because we either run out of time or get stumped at a particular spot.  Maybe it was too elaborate of an idea to start with.  No matter- looked at with fresh eyes, an answer is usually found and finishing a long-standing problem is doubly satisfying.  

Will we see this finished in the upcoming 
September exchange?

If you would like to share stories about any of your unfinished projects (or ones that have now been completed), please send the information and/or photos to Bonnie Halfpenny.

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