Guests are welcome to our meetings, but please note that for project-based programs, members will receive supplied program materials first. Guests are welcome to participate if there are extra materials.
We meet at Monzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center
(see Meeting Location to the right for details).
This interactive, hands-on workshop will explore ways to make paper through recycling and using common plants, and with minimum equipment. Q&A welcome throughout.
Artist Trading Cards never go out of style. Micaela Seidel will demonstrate a technique to create beautiful abstract backgrounds for your cards using watercolors and gel medium resist. The tutorial will also include the creation of a simple pocket accordion book to hold your cards.
Originating in Japan as early as the 12th century, Suminagashi or "floating ink" is the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful. Ginger will demonstrate the technique for water marbling and then let members produce some examples themselves.
Details to come!
We will assemble the annual collaborative book during this meeting.
Books that may be included are: 2-hole Japanese stitched, 2-hole with rubber band and stick, whirlwind, 1-sheet book w/ variations, envelope pocket book, uneven-page book.
Annie will show us a form of Chain Stitch related to the Coptic, Greek, and Ethiopian Stitches.
Learn to make a non-adhesive book that has multiple signatures sewn directly through the cover, creating a pattern of colored thread across the outside of the spine. This book also has the ability to lay flat when opened, which makes it easy to write in. For a lovely finishing touch the back cover wraps around and up over the front cover with a bead and thread closure.
Remember that we have books and DVDs to borrow at each meeting! If there is a particular book you'd like to borrow, please contact Glo Cantwell before the meeting (see sidebar to the right for details and a downloadable list by title and author).
LIBROS meets at the Manzano Mesa Center on the 1st Saturday from 9am to 12 noon (unless noted). Note that we are now meeting at the West Social Hall until further notice.
The Center is located at:
501 Elizabeth SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Updated December 2015
Don’t leave home without your bookbinding kit! Remember that many of our meetings are “hands-on” and the best way to learn new techniques is to try them yourself!
This year, LIBROS is offering a number of "Just Do It" special interest groups for members only. Groups will meet outside of the regular monthly LIBROS meetings to give members an opportunity to explore book structures, content, box making, and more. Each group will decide how often and where to meet.
In the past, LIBROS has held monthly exchanges of Matchbox books and ATC card exchanges. In addition, we will add a Mail Art exchange. Members can participate as often as they choose.
(List Updated October 2015)
We have a collection of over 100 books, magazines, collaborative books, CDs, and DVDs for loan! There’s a wealth of information just waiting for you to use. I will have a few varied titles at each meeting for you to peruse and/or borrow. I will need your name and phone number on the card that is in the item you wish to use. The charge will be $1.00 a month (payable upon check out) for ONE month. If you wish to keep your book another month, there will be an additional charge of $1.00, but you must return it by the time that month is over, or 2 months maximum in your hands. This is in consideration of your fellow LIBROS members.
When you peruse the list, you’ll be amazed at the breadth of the Bookbinding/Book Arts information available to you! If you have books about which you are passionate, let me know the titles so we might be able to add them to our library. Your rental fees go toward acquisition. If you have suggestions or questions about the Library, please contact me at – Glo Cantwell