North Redwoods Book Arts Guild

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Monday, February 26, 2024


Our March workshop will be taught by Lara Cox in preparation for the April workshop. Here is Lara's description:

"One of my absolute favorite ways of sewing signatures together...the French Link Stitch, is a spine sewing often used for exposed bindings where you can see the stitching. It is decorative in its finished asymmetrical "X" pattern. It can also be used in a case binding where the stitching would be covered up. I use it both ways because I like my books to lie flat when opened as this stitch allows beautifully.

**Of special note: This workshop is a precursor to the April (Medieval Girdle Book) workshop with the idea that we will be using the sewn block we make in March for the April workshop. If you are skipping this workshop or want to sew your signatures together with a different technique, you may do so as long as you stick with the measurements of this signature structure. That way it will still work for the Girdle Book."

French Link stitches sewn over tapes.

Tools and materials for the March workshop:

  • Pencil, Ruler, Awl, Bone Folder, Scissors, Beeswax
  • Thread: Book binding or embroidery thread
  • A piece of foam core board, cardboard or an old magazine big enough to use under your signatures when punching holes.
  • Also, super handy to have on hand: Patience with yourself.

Please have prepared ahead of the workshop:

  • 30 pieces of paper measuring 5 1/2" tall by 8 1/2" wide. Ideally, grain should be parallel with the 5 1/2" direction. Paper can be printer paper weight or a bit heavier. (We will want the final book block to be 5/8" thick when completed to best work with our April binding.)
  • This will be the pages that then make up the signatures. Lara says not to worry because all will be explained in the workshop.
When:    Saturday March 9 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by March 4 to receive the password
Workshop Questions:  Lara Cox,
Zoom Questions:  Bobbie Hayes
Contact information is in the newsletter.

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