Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Binding Alice

At last Alice in Wonderland is bound. The graphics (by Michael) have been printed on high grade photo paper on an Inkjet and covered with a sheet of acetate. Each graphic was mounted on 1mm grey board. Two sheets of grey board were then cut with windows and black buckram used over all.

This is a view of the rather nice end-papers.

 The book is only 140 by 110 mm. I spent the rest of the afternoon  at the class folding the other two books I have and they are more like 200 by 150 mm which will be much easier to cover. The books are Pinocchio and Christmas Carol. The cover for Pinocchio will be a photo of grand-daughter Maddie who does a marionette dance. We have a video but I want a high resolution photo. In general appearance, it will be like Alice but there will only be a graphic on the front cover. I am thinking of doing Christmas Carol in leather but that is next term's project. I need to get to grips with leather binding anyway so will practice a few sample pieces first. One more class before we break up for summer. I shall miss it. I have signed up for a one-day class  at the Tech in Orthodox binding (sort of Coptic) in August. I just hope they get enough takers and don't cancel.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.