Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sweet Thames Finished

So here is the finished Sweet Thames Run Softly  and below shows the endpapers
And I am not submitting it. The silk cover has worked well and feels great in the hand. I have completed the binding carefully but the killer is the text on the cover. I used the original text for cover and spine and scanned them into Photoshop. Then got rid of everything except the text and added the Castlemorton trees. The high resolution image was sent off to have a Thermofax made. What I did not realise is that much of the lettering has very narrow lines - and the resolution on the Thermofax is just not up to such narrow lines. Look at the upper photo.

I had the Thermofax made months ago and, if I had run off a trial then, I would have changed the lettering completely but, no, I had to leave it to the last minute. Well I have learnt a lot and it is better bound than most books I do.

Here is the brown lace scarf, washed pressed, fringe trimmed and it is so soft!

And now I am off, away from the hurly-burly of my studio and meeting deadlines that I stupidly accepted in the distant past. Tomorrow, London, Saturday Pittsburgh, Sunday Falling Waters and after that days full of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. I do wonder if everyone else on the trip will be an architect. I will take lots of photos and share them with you.


  1. Safe travels! And here's to lifelong learning. We'd be very bored (and boring) if we were born knowing everything we need to know in life.

  2. Safe travels. Book looks great.



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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.