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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Study Group having a great winter so far....

Well, full disclosure, I (Diane - blog person for CBAS) have been away from the Ohio River Valley for the past few months and instead have taken up temporary residence in the vicinity of the River Thames. While I have been away the CBAS Study Group has been doing some wonderful things, teaching and learning together and Janice - the thorough and enthusiastic leader of the Study Group - sent this blog entry for January and February Study Groups.
Looks like great fun! 

Cecie teaching Japanese Stab Binding
The CBAS Study Group has started 2012 off with two wonderful programs, and everyone is energized for a varied and busy schedule this year.  It has been good to get together again to share our enthusiasm for the book arts.

On January 14 at the Northside Branch Library, CBAS Vice Chair Cecie Chewning led a workshop on Stab Binding.  After introducing the history, basics and many practical uses of this often deceptively simple binding, Cecie did an amazing job teaching the group of 12 how to do 4 basic stab bound stitches. 

Each participant received 2 pre-drilled and carefully labelled sturdy templates we then used to practice our stab binding stitches.  The templates were a great idea and will be easy-to-follow visual reminders of each of the stitch patterns. After learning these basic stitches, about half the group began work on a blank book as their first project. The other half, members who had contributed art to a 2010 collaborative effort, stitched a book of Spring Grove Cemetery images and words inspired by a tour Cecie gave us highlighting the art-rich history of that beautiful landmark.  
Template for Stab Binding
The afternoon’s last project was stitching a narrow ledger.  It was fun to think about its multiple uses: everything from list keeping to sketching to writing haiku.  Everyone left with some great ideas for new projects. 
 Many thanks to Cecie for all of her preparation and excellent instruction.  Our January meeting was a perfect start-off to the new year.

Study Group met again on February 11, this time at the Corryville Branch Library, to learn how to make a beautiful box for holding postcards, loose pages, a bound book or other treasures. 

Mark Palkovic - miniature book binder & instructor for the day

Mark Palkovic, longtime CBAS Board member and Chair of the Miniature Book Society, was the perfect instructor, able to made a project that looked daunting and labor intensive into an achievable creation for the afternoon.  

Each participant chose a packet of pre-cut boards and lining papers and then selected ribbon and complementary cover material: wallpaper, treated paper or treated leather.  Mark also distributed copies of his excellent instructions with illustrations by Cody Calhoun, CBAS workshop planner extraordinaire who is now living in Texas.  We miss you, Cody.   Thanks for helping in absentia!

Precise measurements and lots of PVA were the order of the day.  Forming the box was made infinitely easier because Mark had pre-cut all of the materials.

Here is a completed box, all of its pieces glued into place.  The fact that the box opens flat makes it a great choice for protecting books that might not fit easily into a slipcase, or for storing all kinds of loose pages.

A few finished boxes
Because of Mark’s great instruction, even those of us who are serious slowpokes were able to make a beautiful box that day.  Who knows what Valentine’s Day treasures might be stored inside? Thanks, Mark, for a truly inspiring workshop!

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