Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Japanese Sample Books

I managed to complete the final two sample books in Japanese style and the wrap around case, the Maru Chitsu. The sample books are sewn in four different patterns. From left to right, Four-hole, Kang-xi, Hemp-leaf, Tortoise-shell. The Maru Chitsu is covered in cloth which has been pasted onto bank paper.

This is the inside of the case when opened out. The lining paper is mulberry paper dyed blue and it is quite variegated. You can see the bone clasps at the left hand end. One of them is just visible on the right of the case in the top photograph.

So what shall I do tomorrow? Madi is coming over to help me clear up the cellar and I doubt if any project will be completed but I might have a review of where I have got to  in binding Pinocchio. I found the end papers for it this morning. They were very badly done so I will have to find a replacement.

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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.