Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A Victorian Book

Here at last is the Victorian bound volume (1878) of improving stories for Sundays. It is a family heirloom belonging to Chris Fletcher. I am proud of the marbled paper which was created for this book by Payhembury Marbled Papers. Among their  designs, there was one which was almost an exact match to the original paper but it was in the wrong colours. So I sent them a photo of it and asked if they could change the colours and they said yes. Being a belt-and-braces person, I bought two sheets  but have only used one. I did get the endpapers for David Copperfield out of the scraps left over. It is a very substantial book, being 12 inches high and 2.5 inches thick. But it is a library binding which should see it through another 150 years.
I am getting on slowly with the Coptic belt. It will be another day or two before it is done.

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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.