Category Archives: How-To

These posts are usually specific to the workshops I teach and provide additional information to the class presentation and handouts.

  • Boiled Books

    Posted on November 17, 2015 by in How-To, Studio

    With heavy winds and lots of rain on our North Coast we have enough fallen leaves to use for hundreds of boiled books. Sandy, Michele (the Younger), and I converged on Michele’s backyard to make a sandwich out of leaves and Bristol paper sheets. Michele had a great selection of dried leaves in a homemade […]

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  • Car Workstation 3

    Posted on September 17, 2014 by in How-To, Sewn Spine

    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 How-To, Studio

    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 How-To, My Books, Studio

    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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  • Book-in-a-Box Class Photos

    Posted on August 28, 2014 by in Boxes, Folded, How-To, Workshop Followup

    I love making books; teaching others to do the same is just icing on the cake. It is inspiring to be in the same room with creative, capable, and enthusiastic students. The following photos will illustrate some of the work that went into making this type of book as well many of the ideas that […]

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  • Making Your Own Bookcloth

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by in How-To

    One of the reasons I haven’t taken up quilting is because of the size of the fabric stash I’ve seen in quilters’ closets. I’m creating a smaller version of The Stash using fat quarters. I learned to make my own book cloth using a method from a Tim Ely workshop. He uses bond paper (thin […]

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  • Tim Ely Workshop: The Sketchbook

    Posted on August 28, 2013 by in Folded, How-To, Mentors

    I make it a point to attend Focus on Book Arts (FOBA) in Forest Grove, Oregon. It is offered every other summer and I wouldn’t miss it because of the quality of the instruction and instructors, the idyllic setting, the 24-hour bookish ambience, and the chance to spent time with many book arts friends. I’ve […]

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