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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” December 2019

2019 December 5

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 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: Ornament Exchange and Holiday Market

Handmade ornamentsAt 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 in some manner.
  • 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!


Get ready for the Holiday Market!

While you’re making your ornament and preparing for the holidays, clean out your stash and share stuff that you want to get rid of at our Free Table, or set up your own little shop with items to trade or sell. If you are selling/ trading, please label your products with a price or value for trading.

We’ll all have time to browse and pick up cool stuff from each other!

November Meeting Reflections

Book Arts Guild of Vermont meeting

Each year, our group comes up with lovely, super-fun cards and books for the popular Book Blitz and Card Tricks meeting, and this year was no exception. We all shared in each other’s secret inspirational places (Fold of the Week seems to be on everyone’s list) while making some holiday cheer. The open format allowed for everyone to participate, explore, and mingle as well as pick up some new tricks.

The B.A.G. library was open, and our resident librarian Sally, picked out some important titles for members to borrow. I picked up one that I had been wanting to look at for a while. If you have any books that you want to donate to the library, just let Sally know, and if you’ve borrowed one or two, please return them at another meeting.

Thanks to everyone who participated this month. Attendance is at a very high level these days! I can’t wait to see what all you talented people do for the ornament exchange this year.

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

B.A.G. News

*** Support the Book Arts Guild of Vermont by becoming a member!

The Book Arts Guild of Vermont is supported by its members and you have kept us going for more than ten years. Our organization is solely run by volunteers and we do what we do because we love the book arts and we love B.A.G.. We continue to be inspired by our community, and the enthusiasm and talents that you bring to our meetings.

Membership dues are our main source of income and we hope that you will show that you value what we have to offer – quality programming, field trips, exhibits, and more – by becoming a member. You get so much value out of your $35.00 and attending just one meeting can give you your full money’s worth.

Just to give you an idea of where membership dues go, here’s a breakdown of B.A.G.’s annual expenses:

  • Rent: $50.00 per month
  • Presenter honorarium: $35.00 per meeting
  • Website and email newsletter: $100.00 per year
  • Presenter reimbursement for supplies: Varies

If you’ve done the math, you’ll see that we need a minimum of $910.00 (not including supply reimbursement) to cover our annual expenses.

We hope that you will renew your membership or join us as a new member at the December meeting. If you will not be at the meeting, you can download our membership form and send it in with your payment.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the guild. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Nancy Stone postcards

*** Since B.A.G. members have expressed interest in purchasing Nancy Stone’s recently published book, 251 Vermont Vistas, she will bring copies to the November and December meetings.

Originally begun as a book arts project, Nancy painted watercolor ‘postcards’ for every Vermont town that she and her husband visited as members of the VT251 Club. A preview of some pages, with written reflections of towns, can be seen at With sales tax, the book costs $37.44; cash or checks accepted.

These make unique holiday gifts, capturing the beauty of Vermont’s scenery in all weather and seasons.

Book Arts News

*** Now through December 6th, John Neal Bookseller is running an extended Black Friday sale with savings of up to 50%. The selection of items includes bookbinding texts, calligraphy texts and supplies, and subscriptions to both Bound & Lettered and Letter Arts Review.

Click here to check out what’s discounted.

Helen Hiebert's "The Paper Year" and a custom paper pack*** Helen Hiebert has reinvented her Twelve Months of Paper Calendar as a planner, The Paper Year: A 2020 Creative Project Planner. Each month features a paper craft project along with a list of materials and tools you’ll need to complete each project, plus step-by-step photos, templates and easy-to-follow instructions.

Helen also has a curated paper pack that includes everything you need to complete all of the projects – no need to source materials on your own!

Elissa is working on getting a group order together so folks can take advantage of available discounts.

Here’s the scoop:

  • If 10+ people order the planner, the discount is 50% – $12.50 each.
  • If we get 2+ people ordering the paper pack, the discount 10% – $22.50.
  • If 10+ people order both the planner and the paper pack, the total discount is 50% – $25.00

You can check out the planner and all of the completed projects at the December meeting (Elissa made ’em all). If you’re interested, please contact Elissa.

Marbling paper*** Chena River Marblers is holding their Annual Studio Sale on December 14 & 15 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 marbled papers (firsts and seconds), marbled paper treasure bags, notepads, journals, sketchbooks, boxes, post-it holders and many other great gift items all beautified by hand marbled papers.

There will be paper marbling demonstrations at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 ap.m., and 3:00 p.m. There will also be make-and-take activities:

  • Marbled notepad; Marbled paper (free)
  • Marbled Silk Scarf ($25.00)

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

*** If you’re looking for a board shear, there’s a compact wooden top Jacques shear for sale in Somerville, MA. A 30.5″ blade gives a 30″ cut. Removable back gauge, spring gauge can also be removed. Wooden surface is 32″ wide x 35″ long, 45″ – 56″ with the tray. 63″ from end of handle to counterweight.

This is a good shear for a small space, in great condition. The blade is sharp. Purchaser responsible for removal. Photos available upon request. Asking $3,000.00.

For more information or to purchase the shear, please contact Kate Rich at

Book Arts Classes

*** On January 11 & 12, 2020, 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.

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

*** On Sunday, February 9, 2020, The Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA is offering Star Books with Cristina Hajosy.

A handmade star book can be presented as an artist’s book or as a hanging ornament. Excite viewers with the visual movement and performative qualities of this unusual book structure. Learn basic bookmaking techniques and experiment with hand-marbled papers, mixed media and collage scraps to customize your books.

For more information about the class, please visit the Eliot School’s website.

*** Maine Media Workshops + College is offering 2-Day Letterpress Single-Sheet Books with Valerie Carrigan from February 15 – 16, 2020.

This weekend workshop celebrates books made from single sheets of paper. You will learn to fold a variety of book structures, ranging from simple to complex in nature.

These versatile and fun structures are ideal for photographers and printmakers interested in presenting their work a in new and fresh way. Creative enclosures, also folded from single sheets of paper, will be made to house all book models.

All skill levels welcome in this workshop.

Click here to register. Maine Media Workshops + College is located in Rockport, ME.

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