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    OLLI Book Arts: The Versatile Concertina Spine

    Posted on January 25, 2015 by in Courses, Folded Structure

    Date: Tues. & Thurs. Feb. 17-19, 2015 Time: 1-4 pm Place: HBAC (Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center) Come join this class of book arts enthusiasts as we explore the many possibilities of the concertina (accordion) spine. You decide: pamphlet, long, or coptic stitch; folded or board cover; double, folded, or back-to-back signatures; glue or no glue. […]

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    Two Spring Classes, Two New Books

    Posted on January 22, 2015 by in Courses, Folded Structure, Sewn Structure

    I will be teaching two more book arts classes for Osher Life Long Learning Institute this Spring (more on that in a later post). The wonderful people who take these classes are so much fun to “work” with that I’m always looking for new and interesting techniques and book structures that give them some room […]

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  • Peace in the Studio

    Posted on December 27, 2014 by in Tools

    My first real day in the studio since early September AND I’m still in my pajamas! Heaven. The task is pretty pedestrian—making envelopes out of recycled calendars for our late (again) holiday cards. It has been a meditation to fold, cut, and tape these business sized envelopes. An unexpected treat is reading the other sides […]

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  • Paper Cutter!

    Posted on November 18, 2014 by in Tools

    Yipee! I just got this today. My brother-in-law is always going to auctions and he spotted this 30″ x 36″ paper cutter. It will be a vast improvement over the 8″ x 8″ when it comes to cutting my art papers. It is NOT portable and it will be “interesting” to see where is ends […]

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  • Book Wreath

    Posted on November 17, 2014 by in Paper Art, Workshops

    This was just delivered to me by my grandson’s wife! Needless to say, I am thrilled with it. She made it out of old math books and romance novels, creating a nice balance of left and right brain tendencies. I will be bringing this to the Holiday Card Extravaganza (OLLI class) where I will show […]

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  • More Book-in-a-Box Results

    Posted on November 10, 2014 by in Book-in-a-Box, Workshops

    Thank you students for sending photos of your completed books. As always, your “take” on the structure is unique and creative. You inspire me!

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  • Finished Product

    Posted on September 29, 2014 by in Sewn Structure, Wooden Books

    The wedding guest book is finally done. The covers were drilled and sections assembled in California; coptic stitch was sewn in the car (mostly in Nevada on I80); and the headbands, rocks and redwood stick were attached at Horsecreek Ranch in central Nebraska. The bride and groom used the bed of a vintage pickup to […]

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  • Car Workstation 3

    Posted on September 17, 2014 by in Altered Book, Sewn Structure

    I needed a new book for watercolor and ink so I gutted an old Nancy Drew mystery and put in my own sections of watercolor paper. We had a two hour car trip today so I sewed it as we drove and found a new use for the bright pink lap desk! I needed to […]

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  • Car Workstation 2

    Posted on September 12, 2014 by in Miscellaneous, Sewn Structure, Workstation

    We had to make an “emergency” stop at Raley’s in Winnemucca, Nevada, to purchase small plastic dental floss feeders (see light blue loop on the inside of the left cover). While sewing the Coptic Stitch for this book I realized that the holes that are drilled diagonally from the edge into the first vertical hole […]

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  • Car Workstation

    Posted on September 11, 2014 by in Sewn Structure, Workstation

    With long travel days and a need to work on a book I’ve decided to create a lap workstation for the car. I purchased the least colorful lap desk—hard to imagine that the others were brighter—and put together a little kit of threads, needles, prepunched sections and boards that I can store by my feet. […]

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