Monday, December 31, 2018



 Christmas is over and can't believe it! This past year has flown by.

We had a wonderful Christmas with family coming from both coasts! Christmas day we had a house full with kids, grand kids and great grand kids! My 91 year old dad was here and we were able to take a 5 generation picture, this meant a lot to me as well as my dad. 

Looking forward to 2019 with plans to be as creative as possible. 

Signed up for an online, one on one with Heather Held and am very excited about it. Have ordered my supplies and just waiting to set the date. There will be 3 sessions with her doing the "Enchanted Letter". I have admired her work for a long time and finally will try to learn some of her techniques. 

I will continue my independent study of calligraphy and book making as always and try to take as many classes and workshops that time and money will allow!

October Meeting:
Quote: I have spent many days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung. Rabindranath Tagore.
Anne Binder presented a proposal at our October meeting. Anne asked if the guild would be willing to help with another "DAYS OF THE HANDMADE BOOK"? WOW! We have not had one since 2000! This was before my involvement with the guild and I did not participate so I am eager to be a part of this one. (To see the story of the original Days ) Anne sent an email to all members and all signs are good to go......

November Meeting:
Quote: You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. Rabindranth Tagore.
We had a surprise visit from Diana Stamper, a long time member who has moved to Colorado. It was wonderful seeing her! We discussed future workshops and the problems with the fact that instructors are booked out so far. We don't have any workshops scheduled for this year and need to check in with other guilds and see what we can do to possibly "borrow" some of the talent out there.
Anna Schlemma and Laurie Heyden both did demos. Anna on 2 accordion style books and Laurie on the caterpillar stitch used mainly as a decorative stitch in bookmaking.

Caterpillar Stitch

Cards by Anna Schlemma

Watercolor by Pat West

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Door tag for Anna By Karen Vosburg

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

December Meeting:
Quote: Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie.
Annual Christmas Luncheon - Gift Exchange. We had a nice turnout and wonderful food to share. We made donations to Christ the King Lutheran Church, they have been very kind and helpful to the guild. Also, donations to the Food Bank and  the Midwest Museum of Art in Elkhart. The theme of the gift exchange was "Christmas" and may made ornaments all beautiful but Jo and Anna were the stars of the exchange! Jo accidentally knocked her garden nozzle in her gift bag, the look on Anna's face was priceless when she pulled it out of the bag! We all had a good laugh!
If we were to give a prize for the best "Show and Tell" artist in our group I feel that honor would have to go to Anna Schlemma, she is one of the most creative and productive people in out small group. She had challenged herself to make a new book every week for 2018 and she came very close to accomplishing that goal and we saw the fruits of that labor at our meetings. She is an inspiration to us all! Love you Anna!

Origami by Angie West

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Anna Schlemma

Sharyn Jenner's Ornament

Jo's ornament and nozzle

Anna and nozzle

Anna and Jo sharing a laugh

Our books throughout the year

Books for 2018

Christmas exchange

2019 Calendar

 ***Please note that the April meeting is not on our usual day due to a conflict ***

January – No meeting planned on 1st Saturday
January 12- Play Date – Paste Paper
February 2 – Study of Romans – Angie West 10am – 3pm
March 2 – Regular meeting - Bring Romans practice and/or finished piece.
April 13 – Study of Modern Pointed Pen –Angie West 10am –3pm
May 4 – Regular meeting – Bring modern pointed pen practice and/or finished piece
June 1- Study of Foundational Hand 10am- 3pm
July 6 – Regular meeting –bring foundational practice and/or finished piece.
August 3 – Picnic
September 7 – Study of Italic 10am – 3pm
September 21-22 – Days of the Handmade Book
October 5 – Regular Meeting – Bring Italic practice and/or finished piece
November 2 – Study of Blackletter- 10am – 3pm
December 7 – Christmas Carry in and bring blackletter practice and/or finished oiece

Things of Interest

The Postman's Knock - 
 This is Lindsey Bugbee's blog and she offers many things calligraphy. Classes and free stuff too. Visit her site and enjoy! 

Upcoming Workshops

Heather Held for April 6 and 7 has been canceled.


We have ordered paper to sell to those that need it. I will provide the paste. You provide your own supplies of paints and tools, but we can share too. Bring plenty of newspapers for drying the paper. Also hairdryers are useful. I have the bag of plastic for the tables. Hope to see all of you there!!!!


Our workshops seem to have people sign up then decide not to attend. We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in this policy. There will be a nominal fee if you drop out of a workshop. If there would be an emergency, for instance, the birth of a child or grandchild, illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a course of action regarding a refund. Also, if the workshop is filled, and there is someone to take your place, that would also qualify for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up for the workshop, make sure that you put that date on your calendar as a commitment. We have a small calligraphy group and we struggle to fill workshops at times. We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can continue to have quality instructors.

Are you on Facebook? If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on facebook also. I like to look at Barbara Close, Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc. There are lots of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get you inspired. Also look at Joanne Fink and Barbara Lever's Facebook page. And then, there is always Pinterest. Oh my, so many places to be inspired!

PO Box in South Bend - Due to a lack of much mail at our Post Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address. If you have anything to send to the MCG, please send to Laurie Heyden, 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend, Indiana 46637 or Ginny VanderHey, 51854 Stoney Creek Dr., Elkhart, Indiana 46514. When monies are due for a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses.
American Frame - Just a reminder that if you order from American Frame. please mention MCG, and they will give us a small stipend.

Annual Membership
Annual dues of $15 are due at the July meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use for supplies for our make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August and, at the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your dues to the July meeting or send to Laurie Heyden, our treasurer at 18292 Courtland Dr., South Bend,Indiana 46637


Renee Tuveson,President ,
Marty Mitchell,Vice President,
Laurie Heyden,Treasurer -
Pat West, Secretary
Jo McPherson, Study Group Chairperson -
Renee Tuveson-Blog Coordinator