Friday, 19 September 2014

Sir Patrick Spens

At long last, I have completed the first copy of Sir Patrick Spens. There are mistakes. I will have to relayout some pages and there is at least one typo. One of the lino cuts needs replacing and I need to change the paper. I am using Bockingford Inkjet which is a watercolour paper but it is too textured for using with my book press. If I was printing using a proper roller press, it would work much better and I will try that next week. But a bit of experimentation is called for.

Here are all the pages printed out with text and linocut.
and here is a sample page.

The completed book. Sort of concertina but not quite because it has a wrap around cover.

And the book showing how it opens. I have rewritten bits of the poem. It struck me as not Lallans enough. In some places it was just too English and I had to replace phrases. The one that upset me most was 'at this time of year'.  Too English. I replaced it with 'at the backend o' the year'. And various other bits.
It needs more work before I produce several copies. But at least I have got this far. It has struck me that it is a good day to finish the book. Personally I did not see why I should show my passport when going home.

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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.