Association of Book Crafts 

The ABC has 8 chapters around New Zealand, 


Kaye Neely

027 247 8141


Merryl Houghton

(09) 425 6722


Mary Donald

021 846 066


Jill Rose

06 372 5992


Rosemary Greager

021 181 2632


Liz Davison 

021 181 9275


Ngaire Bates

(03) 454 2170

Central Otago: 

Robyn van Reenan 

(03) 443 1810 


Warkworth chapter:


Name:   Merryl Houghton (09) 425 6722


The chapter runs a weekly group for 'Book Art’  in Warkworth at the Kowhai Art and Craft Centre.  We mostly do our own projects, but share ideas and techniques to create new books.  We do usually have a project day once a month.  During the summer we make paper, use different techniques for decorating papers, paste papers, marbelling, decoupage etc.  We hold  a few workshops each year, invited tutors to teach us new things.  We enjoy working with papers mostly, but do make mixed media book covers and enjoy 'Textile Art' also. 

They usually hold a Workshop for beginners once a year to encourage and teach new people Book Art.

Some of our group are ABC members and enjoy attending the ABC workshops and meetings. 

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Gill Carlson showing off some of her work.

The snake book

Soft covered journal

The Altered Book which was called 'Arabian Knights’ was made from the book 'Tales of the Arabian Knights’ so I took the theme for the altering.  It was embellished with handmade copper paper, metal copper stained, old necklace and Sari silk

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Far North/ Northland Chapter:


Name:  Kaye Neely  0257 247 8141 


We are a very small group, currently based in Kerikeri, the Northland/Far North Chapter includes members from Whangarei and Kerikeri. We meet monthly in members’ homes with the host choosing a small project for that month. 

We share anything we have been working on and discuss any new ideas we have for future meetings. We have previously run workshops with invited tutors as well as tutoring our own and we hope to do more public workshops later in 2015



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Kaye showing off some of her work.

Japanese Stab Binding – we experimented with several stitching patterns using Origami paper, old greetings cards, fabric and hand crafted batik paper.


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Christchurch Chapter:

The Christchurch Chapter of ABC meets every month between February and November,  usually but not always, on the 4th Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Our meeting room is in Ferrymead Heritage Park.
Our meetings usually involve hands on projects, related to many facets of Book Crafts, in an informal setting. 

New members and visitors are very welcome. Please contact one of the people listed below for directions to the meeting venue. 

Judy Newbury - 03 338-969303 338-9693 Terry Park - 03 332-085103 332-0851 Liz Davison - 03 355-040003 355-0400  

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