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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2018

December 6, 2018

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

We meet at the Unitarian Universalist Society Church located at 152 Pearl Street in Burlington, VT. We will be in the Sophia Fahs Community Room, a large room located in the basement. Click here for more information on directions/parking.

Program: Origami and Kirigami: Holiday Decorations and Ornaments in Paper

4 cut paper snowflakesJoin us in December as Jill Abilock shares easy patterns and techniques for creating stunning cut snowflakes and beautiful origami ornaments. The items we make can be used to decorate holiday cards, spruce up the windows and walls of your home, or brighten up your tree!

Jill will provide the paper and patterns.

Please bring:

  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Glue stick

Also, if you have paper-crafted items for the holiday, please bring them in to show and tell.

Jill will bring hot mulled apple cider and a baked treat to celebrate the season. If you have the time and are so inclined, bring a goodie to share as we celebrate another successful year of Book Arts Guild programs together!

November Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meetingOur program for November, Book Blitz and Card Tricks was, as usual, hugely successful. Members and friends shared the love of the handmade, showing tricks and techniques to make seasonal greetings and fun stuff. There is always something new to learn, even from the simplest structure.

The meeting allowed everyone to participate in the open setting, where we learned how to make a dimensional card, an envelope sleeve, and a sweet non-adhesive binding. We also learned that some of our members are a little crazy – who makes 125 complicated seasonal cards? We all want to get on her mailing list!

Ann was kind enough to bring her Cricut cutting machine for all to try out. The possibilities seem endless and much less stressful than cutting small shapes with an X-Acto. Thanks, Ann, and thanks to everyone who shared and participated. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what all of you talented people will bring for the ornament exchange in December.

You can view images from the meeting on the B.A.G. blog.

B.A.G. News

Handmade ornaments

*** December Handmade Ornament Exchange

At our December meeting, we will host an ornament exchange where members and friends are invited to swap handmade baubles. Bring one, take one!

Here’s how it works:

  • Make an ornament to share – instruction or directions on how to make are optional.
  • Bring to the meeting, wrapped or unwrapped.
  • Swap for another ornament.

That’s it! The only rule is that the ornaments must be handmade.

Need inspiration? Check out these blog posts:

Get making!

Book Arts News

*** Chena River Marblers is holding their Annual Studio Sale on December 8 & 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The studio is located at 70 Justice Drive in Amherst, MA.

Marblers Regina and Dan St. John will be selling overstock works and seconds, including marbled silk scarves, ties, bow ties, sketchbooks, notepads, pencils, barrettes, holiday ornaments, and marbled papers in both full sheets and small scrap bag size.

For more information, please call (413) 253-2835.

*** Now through January 15, 2019, the Bromer Gallery is hosting Goldman and Lee: Shadow and Color, featuring Jane Goldman‘s watercolors and editioned prints from her Audubon Series, together with the color woodcuts of Jim Lee.

The gallery was launched by Bromer Booksellers to mark its fiftieth year as a leading specialist in rare books. It will operate in conjunction with the book shop, and will feature original art, edition prints, and related material, executed by artists whose work is centered upon the idea of the book as art. This new endeavor is a natural extension of Bromer Booksellers’ long history as specialists in the art of the book.

*** The New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers is looking for volunteers to teach simple bookbinding techniques and creative content at two upcoming Girl Scout events. Through these events, NEGBW volunteers will be helping Cadettes earn their Book Artist badge and potentially inspiring future bookbinders.

The first event will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Camp Rice Moody in Reading, MA. The second event will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham, MA. Each event generally lasts from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and carpooling can be arranged.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact Lauren Telepak at negbwprograms@gmail.com.

Book Arts Classes

*** On December 15 – 16, the North Bennet Street School is offering Bookbinding 101 with Erin Fletcher.

In this two day class, students get a quick introduction to various bookbinding techniques by exploring three different book structures. The class begins with a simple pamphlet and continues with constructing two multi-signature books known as a flatback case binding and link stitch binding. Finally, students construct a box to house all of their creations. This class is a great way to familiarize yourself with bookbinding and is perfect for those who are curious about the craft.

All tools and supplies are provided for this class.

For more information or to register, please visit the NBSS website.

*** The Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, MA has two book arts classes coming up this winter. Here’s the scoop:

Stab-Bound Books with Dan Paret will take place on 2 Sundays, January 27th and February 3rd, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stab-bound books are a satisfying and accessible project for beginning book makers. Start with a small partial-cover book and move on to a larger, fully-covered book. You’ll consider a variety of options, including cloth and paper choices, binding patterns, thread sizes and colors. Leave with two carefully made books and an understanding of how to continue your bookmaking journey.


Paste Paper with Cristina Hajosy will take place on Sunday February 17, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Paste paper is traditionally used for endpapers and book covers, offering a textural and colorful alternative to marbling. See some historical and contemporary approaches, then create your own. Start with a traditional method, then learn ways to make more creative and painterly versions.


For more information about the classes, please visit the Eliot School’s website or click here to download the complete catalog.


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