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Re: bookcloth



Since no one mentioned it, thought I put in my 2 cents. There is a
detailed description of this process in Ikegama's book of Japanese
Bookbinding from the 80's.  Should be still in print.

Best            Barbara



>Good morning - in classes that I took with Hubert Leurs we made our own book
>cloth, I was using a ligt wieght pale green silk and it worked beatifully -
>here are the notes that I took:
>May 7/1996
>Fabric for Book Binding - * DESIGN is important, the pattern must not
>overwhelm the book. Linen, Silk, Cotton and the blends, almost anything will
>work. Make sure you have enough fabric to cover the book, it's a good idea
>to iron the material before you start and watch that the grain is working
>with the book. Cut or have ready a piece of "backing-paper" About 1- 2
>inches larger than your fabric on all sides. Dampen the paper with a sponge,
>then apply glue * (from the hub of the wheel out to the spokes) lightly, you
>want an even coat - no lumps that will bleed through, work quickly. Pick up
>your fabric, right-side up, by the two diagonal corners - and drop it
>carefully on the glue surface, there should be a border of 1-2 inches all
>around the edge. using the palms FLAT of your hands lightly smooth over the
>surface, then pick up the [two pieces] again by the diagonal corners - flip
>it over gently and lay it quickly on the board - now you smooth the whole
>thing out getting rid of air bubbles and making sure that the border is
>sealed. ..... some time later (1 1/2 hours) you may remove the fabric paper
>creation; peel back one corner till you can get a bone folder underneath,
>then slide the folder around the edges freeing the "fabric". VOILA !!
>{Kay was working with a light gray linen - to be used on a photograph album
>that had a dark green leather spine and corners, very handsome.}
>
>v.alice hughes
>Argosy Books in Ottawa
>
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