Thursday, 5 March 2015

Several years ago (like more than 20), I planted a dozen bulbs of a species crocus under a small Japanese maple tree. The maple tree has turned into a middling size Japanese maple tree and the crocuses have seeded freely. The garden thinks that spring is here, daffodils, camellias, the spring heathers are flowering freely.

This is the library binding for Chris Fletcher at its current state. You can see the fancy double thickness boards and the clean and tidy spine. It is spending a few days in the press and then the last stage. Bookcloth and marbled paper of Victorian design will be wrapped round the cover. The book is 11 inches high and more than two inches thick.
I have just about completed a repair job on a 1866 print of David Copperfield. It is finished and drying but I am thinking of adding marbled paper to the endpapers. It has very nice covers which had become totally detached from the textblock. A little repair and strengthening of the cover spine and it has been re-used.
All of this bookbinding is taking place in the rests between sessions of tying on to the ghost warp. I am not far from the end now. I am cringing already at the thought of getting this lot through the reed and the heddles.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful tulips - glad to know it is spring somewhere.



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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.