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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Book Arts Exhibition in Saskatoon

An exhibition of works from Murray Library Special Collections, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon is on display in the Link Gallery until the end of March 2018.

The Link Gallery is located on the first floor of the Murray Library, and is open during library hours. You can read more about the display here.

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Book Making Classes with Martha Cole, 2 spots left! Lumsden, SK

PORTABLE GALLERY (pictured left):

Instructor:  Martha Cole

Level:  Beginner, Intermediate

This is a simple accordion which provides an excellent opportunity to exhibit 9 individual artworks—needlework, stitching, small drawings, photographs, miscellanea. Each flap consists of a solid backing and a window frame into which you can insert the artwork. The length of the accordion can be extended further in future models.  The finished piece can be compressed down for storage and transportation.

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in finding ways to display small artworks, including those who do scrap booking and artist trading cards.  Each student will bring their own choice of artworks to be built into the Portable Gallery (some homework required).

BACK TO THE FOLD – Interlocking Accordion (pictured right):

Instructor:  Martha Cole

Level: Intermediate

The Interlocking Accordion offers another dramatic way to exhibit artworks.  It allows for more interaction between the various works than a regular accordion because “pages” can be moved forward.  Participants will bring any number of options for the images that will be used in this model–small, finished stitched or quilted works, collages, textile samplers, artist trading cards, as well as simply photographs or magazine clippings.

Here is an opportunity to polish skills you may already have and to learn a whole new model.  This workshop may launch further study with Martha to explore possibilities for the interlocking accordion.


  1. E-mail your intention to register to:, specify the workshop(s) you wish to attend.  If you are a non-resident your name will be put on a waiting list.
  2. Confirm your registration by sending your payment for the class(es) by:
  • mailing cheque to Lumsden Arts Council, Box 1214, Lumsden, SK S0G 3C0; or
  • bring to ArtSpace, Centennial Hall on Tuesdays 10 am to 12 noon; or

Preference is given to residents of Lumsden and District registered 2 weeks prior to each workshop. Spots are allocated according to the date we receive your registration fee. Nonresidents are welcome when space is available (and it is!). Register for classes as above and we’ll confirm your spot 13 days prior or move your name to the waiting list should the class be full.

For more information contact:

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