North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, October 30, 2023


It's hard to believe, but we're now less than two months away from the start of a new year. If you haven't found a new calendar for 2024, you're in luck because Dolores Guffey has one for us to make. This structure is an accordion variation where the pages are sewn together rather than folded upon themselves. Calendar pages will be provided, but you are welcome to make the structure without them and use your own artwork and/or content. Please notice in the photos that there are several ways for the pages to be sewn together.

Japanese Stab Binding

Calendar pages displayed

Bound with Washi tape

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Pamphlet Stitch

Pamphlet Stitch

Chain Stitch

Sewn on sewing machine

Sewn on sewing machine

Materials Needed:

  • Seven (7) pieces of cardstock (either plain or decorated) 2 3/4" x 5 1/2" (grain short) * Note that the measurement of the cardstock is incorrect in the newsletter. Correct measurement is 2 3/4" x 5 1/2".
  • Thread - waxed linen, perle cotton, or embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Glue stick
  • Seven (7) paper clips
  • Metal graduated rule 3/4" (if you have one) OR a piece of matboard 3" x 3/4"
  • Scoring tool
  • Bone folder
  • Piercing tool
  • Sturdy piece of cardboard for hole piercing

    Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:     YES! To Dolores Guffey by Nov. 6 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:  Dolores Guffey
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information is in the newsletter

Monday, October 16, 2023


The October workshop taught by Margaret Beech was a very versatile structure that can be modified in many ways. It is simply decreasing sizes of single fold cards that can be arranged in different ways to showcase photographs, art, or text. Thank you Margaret for sharing this structure with us. Below are some examples of the cards that were finished after the workshop.

Sue Reynolds

Emmy Nelson, card cover 

Emmy Nelson

Emmy's card opened up

Sherrill Story's cover

Sherrill Story

Sherrill's card opened up

The following photograph is a beautiful example of the circle book structure that was taught by Kit Davey in September.

Barbara Ristaino used flower decals for her book.

Library Display

The Kiosk display at the Humboldt County Library in Eureka, California is featuring books made by Michele Kamprath this month. Thank you Kenzie Mullen for arranging the display. 

Monday, October 2, 2023


Our October workshop will be taught by our very prolific member from the UK, Margaret Beech. The structure is made of decreasing sizes of single-fold cards. Margaret said that it's the way they are attached to each other that makes it work, but it is easier to show than describe. For that reason, Margaret suggests that we complete the structure before decorating the pages. There is lots of space for content, plus the spines on each section give allowance for slender enclosures.


Use a light to medium cardstock for the six different card/pages. Cut one each of the following sizes, but do not score or fold them until we receive direction during the workshop. Note: In order to reinforce the cover page, Margaret suggests that we also cut two 4" squares of the same cardstock to glue to the two sides of the Cover card.
  • Size A (Cover) - 8 1/4" x 4"
  • Size B - 7 1/8" x 3 1/2"
  • Size C - 6 1/8" x 3"
  • Size D - 5 1/8" x 2 1/2"
  • Size E - 4 1/8" x 2"
  • Size F - 3 1/8" x 1 1/2"


  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone Folder
  • Craft Knife
  • Double-sided Tape

Here are more examples of the structure to inspire you.

When:   Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. PDT
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom 
RSVP:    By October 9 to Dolores Guffey to receive directions and password
Workshop Questions: Margaret Beech
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
Contact information is in the newsletter.  

Notes from the Art Lab 

by Bonnie Halfpenny

 Whoever said "there is nothing new under the sun" was not thinking about rock paper which was developed by Molly Grosse, artist, and her mother, a process engineer.  After years of trials and experiments they are producing beautiful paper not from fiber, but from rock.  This product comes in different styles from light, translucent, and barely tinted, to heavy and opaque pieces in vivid colors.  The color is sometimes variegated on one piece. It folds beautifully, can be hand or machine sewn, and cuts like butter.  It accepts many pens, pencils, and markers although it cannot be used with printer ink (it smears).  

The cost is comparable to origami paper.  What makes it stand out from other papers is that it is waterproof-- it is from rock, after all!  To find out more about this innovative product, go to online, or search that name on Facebook.