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VT Book Arts Guild “MailB.A.G.” August 2022

2022 August 4

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This month’s meeting will once again be held via Zoom, an online conference program. If you’ve never attended a Zoom meeting before, check out this video – it will go over the basics of how to join a meeting.

Stay safe!

The B.A.G. Board


Woven logoIn continuing with our tradition of choosing a theme for our meetings every year, the B.A.G. Board has selected the theme of Woven for 2022.

Weaving is one of the oldest surviving crafts in history, and is an integral part of all of our lives. We wear woven clothing, we sit on woven seats, we use and admire woven baskets.

In the paper and book world, there are many examples of paper weaving, woven book covers, and woven structures. Here are a few resources to get your brain churning:

The possibilities are kind of endless!

During the meetings this year, guest presenters will guide you through techniques to get you started on your woven explorations. The simplest methods can produce exciting results and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Program: Crossed Structure Binding – Linked Variation, Part 2 with Elissa Campbell

Crossed Structure Binding - linkedThe Crossed Structure binding is intriguing in that the sewing is done directly onto back cover straps that integrate into the front cover. This non-adhesive variation on the long stitch was developed by book artist Carmencho Arregui after studying pre-16th century bindings.

In August’s meeting, Elissa Campbell will teach you how to complete the book you started in June. If you didn’t attend June’s meeting, you can watch the recording and catch up. As time allows, you’ll add stitching to the covers to both reinforce the structure and add a decorative touch.

Here’s a reminder of what’s needed to complete the book:


  • 4 pieces of text weight paper: 4.75″ x 6.25″
  • 2 pieces cover material (leather, heavy fabric, vinyl): 8″ x 4.75″
  • 3 pieces sewing thread in the following lengths: ​62″, 6″, 25″
  • 1 piece cover weight paper: 4.75″ x 8″
  • 1 piece cover weight paper: 1.5″ x 4.75″
  • 1 piece cover weight paper: 1″ x 2″


  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Awl
  • Cutting mat
  • Bookbinding or tapestry needle
  • Japanese screw punch or other leather punch (optional)

If you plan to attend the meeting, please contact Elissa so she can send you the Zoom meeting details.

July Meeting Reflections

Hands weaving a paper houseI have followed paper artist extraordinaire Helen Hiebert for a very long time, and so was very excited to weave a house with her. She has a lovely way of making her techniques available and easy to follow for all participants. And the house project did not disappoint!

Judging by the houses that were held up at the end, and the ones that have been posted on Instagram, it seems that everyone enjoyed the project as well.

Thanks so much to Helen for her time and expertise, and thanks to all who showed up! We continue to have a strong attendance!

B.A.G. Library Corner

Creative Book Art book coverBuilding off the beautiful paper weavings we’ve made in our previous meetings, we look this month to a quick and fun tutorial in Clare YoungsCreative Book Art. With minimal supplies and just a few basic steps, Youngs walks us through how to create our own interesting geometric designs.

If you have ideas for books to feature or if you have a B.A.G. library book in your possession from which you’d like to share something, email Sally at

You can check out and download the selection here.

B.A.G. News

*** Vermont book artists and the Book Arts Guild of Vermont are well represented at Art of the Book at the Rochester Public Library this year. This international juried show runs from June 27 through November 1.

Dorsey Hogg took 1st place in the altered book category with her work titled Words are Unruly, Carolyn Shattuck‘s work Quilters received an honorable mention in the book sculpture category, and Marcia Vogler received an honorable mention for Bird Totem in the artist’s book category. Congratulations!

Book Arts News

*** B.A.G. member Laura Lacroix shared a post from Colossal that features a book on weaving that opens to reveal a fully functional loom. The book by Cai Wei Qun includes a history of the craft, techniques and tricks, and an entire loom tucked between its covers. Check it out!

*** The New England Art Book Fair will be taking place September 2 & 3 at SPACE Gallery in Portland, ME. The annual NEABF invites artists, booksellers and small presses to participate in a 2-day celebration of independent publishing across the arts.

For more information, visit the NEABF website.

*** If you’re a fan of the French Paper Company, then you’ll be happy to hear that they’re offering a discount on all text weight paper until the end of August. Just add the paper of your dreams to your cart and 10% will automatically be deducted from your order – no code needed

Stay-at-Home Fun

*** The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is offering the Drum Leaf Binding Sampler with Karen Hanmer on August 13.

The Drum Leaf binding is the perfect structure for printmakers, photographers, or anyone who desires to present visual narratives with no sewing thread to interrupt the flow of imagery. Because a Drum Leaf is made of single-sided folios, not signatures, the complexities of imposition are not necessary when laying out text.

This workshop highlights the versatility of the Drum Leaf structure by presenting several variations on the familiar quarter cloth with breakaway spine. The workshop book is a sampler: one book will incorporate multiple techniques:

  • One-piece Spine Wrapper of parchment or stiff handmade paper
  • Hugging Spine: in this variation the spine wrapper does not break away from the spine. Rather when the book is opened the wrapper goes concave, conforming to the spine, providing support without restricting opening
  • Dimensional Panels: this variation resembles a Bradel or Simplified binding: the decorative paper is wrapped around a thin board before being attached to the book.

All versions open flat, are perfect for edition work, and can be constructed quickly in a sparsely equipped home studio.

For more information or to register, please email John Cutrone at

*** The Minnesota Center for Book Arts is also offering a workshop with Karen Hanmer – the Sewn Boards Binding on August 24.

The sewn boards binding is Gary Frost’s elegant, modern adaptation of an ancient method of board attachment. Stiffened outer signatures sewn along with the text block function as the book’s covers.

The book opens flat. It can be dressed up or down with a variety of spine treatments, board-covering materials, and edge decoration techniques. It can be constructed quickly, lends itself to edition work, and can be made in a sparsely equipped home studio.

In this workshop, instruction will include working with common bookbinding tools, materials, techniques, and principles such as grain direction, mark-up for sewing, tidy application of adhesive, and measuring one component of the book to fit another.

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

*** The Center for Book Arts is offering Bookmaking and Printmaking from Home with Maria Veronica San Martín from August 30 – September 2.

Want to make a special one-of-a-kind book to gift to someone (or yourself) this summer? This course will show you how to conceptualize and make your own artist book that is the perfect fit for you!

The course begins with a contextual lesson on the book as an artistic medium – helping provide students with inspiration for their own work.

Then the class transitions to art-making – including learning the do’s and don’t of accordion book structure, the technique of monoprints on plexiglass, and the creation and construction of a flag book.

By the end of the course, each student will have created their own artist book and the class will engage in a final critique and discussion of all the work produced!

For more information or to register please visit the CBA website.

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