DIY Mini Star Books


If you didn’t attend Cathryn Miller’s workshop on mini star books, you can still learn to make them. Instructions have been posted on the Byopia Press blog.

The classic star (also known as a Lotus Book) can be found here.

A triangular variation can be found here.

The third, and particularly ‘starry’ version, can be found here.

Have fun!


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Mini Star Book Workshop

A few interested individuals gathered on Saturday, April 14, in Saskatoon for a mini star book workshop led by Cathryn Miller.

A good time was had by all, and participants each went home with three different star books.

Special thanks to Leona for sharing her studio space with us.

If you would like to see more pictures from the workshop, you can find them here.

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The Bindings Book Swap

Participants in the Bindings Book Swap met in the Town Hall in Davidson on February 17, 2018 to exchange their books. Each individual had prepared a different binding style and a set of instructions on how it was made. Here are just a few quick snapshots from the morning.

After lunch, there was a short show-and-tell session. Works displayed included a large tunnel book by Barbara Mader called Summer Suppers which can be viewed by opening a small set of church doors at one end,

and some interlocked accordions made by participants in Martha Cole’s recent Accordion Workshop.

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Introduction to Bookbinding Workshop with Susan Mills, Saskatoon, SK

Do you want to get things together in book form? Or make yourself a custom notebook? Have you ever wondered just how a book is made? In this workshop you will learn the basics of hand binding. We will cover hand tools, materials and adhesives. We will make paperback and hardcover books, glued and sewn books, single sheet and ‘signature’ books and even an accordion book. We will work with both historical and contemporary structures and materials. Everyone with an interest in books is welcome. No prior bookbinding experience necessary.
When: March 10th & 11th, 10 am to 4 pm (both days)
Where: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
Instructor: Susan Mills
Cost: $135+ GST and service fees (includes all materials)



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Coptic Link Stitch Books – Saskatoon Workshop with Susan Mills

The Coptic link stitch binding is a historical binding that looks surprisingly modern. It is named for the chains of sewing stitches linking across the spine. The books are quick to sew, flat when open, constructed without glue and are very sturdy. Today, the best known Coptic books leave the sewing and the spine uncovered. A historical alternative is to case-in the books, resulting in books that look conventional but are still quick to sew, and open flat. Participants will construct one of each. No prior bookbinding experience necessary.

​When: Saturday, March 18th, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Void Gallery, 312 Ave B South, Saskatoon, SK
Instructor: Susan Mills
Cost: $75+ GST (includes all materials)



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Drummed Cover and Other Great Accordions Workshop with Martha Cole – Regina, SK


The Regina Stitchery Guild is holding a workshop with Martha Cole on March 3rd and attendance is extended to all (you don’t need to be a stitchery guild member to attend). Come and play with embroideries and stitched items and build a drummed cover accordion book!

When: Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: TBA

Investment: $50

Instructor: Martha Cole

To register or for more information contact Leann at: or by phone: 306-585-2333 (day) / 306-775-2399 (pm)

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CBBAG SK Book Swap, Guests Welcome!

Hey Everyone,

If you weren’t a participant in the Book Swap that is just finishing, but would like to attend as a spectator of all of the ooey-gooey-booky-goodness please attend our swap date on Feb. 17th in Davidson, SK. There will also be a show-and-tell portion, and you are more than welcome to participate at the show-and-tell by displaying and talking about your own finished projects, coming to get feedback on works in progress, or just float around some ideas for future work. Come for the books, stay for the company!

Here are the details:

Sat. Feb. 17th
10am – 4pm
Davidson Town Hall
Davidson, SK
We won’t be organizing a lunch, so please bring your own bagged lunch or there are a few shops in and around town such as Co-op and Subway where you can purchase a lunch.
If you would like to attend as a guest, please fill out an RSVP.

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