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Re: [BKARTS] FW: [BKARTS] A few questions

When you say that you have used polyester batting to
line fabric to turn it into bookcloth, it makes me
think that you are confusing polyester interfacing or
stabilizer with polyester batting. Even the thinnest
polyester batting is a minimum of 1/2 inch thick, but
compresses when bookcloth is stretched across it.  I
can't imagine anyone using it to line fabric to turn
it into bookcloth, although it's a good choice for
padding. The iron-on adhesives used on both batting
and interfacing are very unreliable most of the time
because they are generally intended to adhere to the
fabric only temporarily until it is sewn in place
permanently as it would be in a garment or quilt.
Whether to use felt or batting depends on the effect
that your student wants. Batting would likely make a
softer padding and felt a firmer padding. If I wanted
to use batting, I would use bonded polyester rather
than cotton because it shifts and "wads" less than
cotton, so that if you were not gluing the cloth to it
(and just gluing the turn-ins) it would be more likely
to remain in an even layer and not get lumpy with use
and handling. I would purchase a non-adhesive batting,
and then apply PVA to the binder's board and smooth
the batting on.

I noticed that no one has yet commented on the
question concerning the ostrich leather. I know
extremely little about leather binding, but since no
one who has that expertise has commented, I'd like to
take a guess at what the problem is. There are
different tanning methods. Leather that is tanned for
wet-forming or bookbinding is tanned in such a way
that is remains soft and pliable after it has been
wetted and dried. Leather than is tanned for garments
or shoes is tanned differently and gets stiff, hard,
and shrinks after it gets wet and dries--like when a
pair of non-waterproof leather shoes gets after
getting soaked. Your student's leather may not be
bookbinding leather. The appropriate question may be
"Is there a way to use garment or shoe leather in
bookbinding?" The leather being ostrich may have no


--- Louise Garnaut <louise@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Thanks for the suggestions so far. We will follow
> up. Now understand that
> foam is the worst choice. Felt is easy to get &
> inexpensive in Hong Kong.
> Susan we have tried with the polyester batting more
> as aa approach to lining
> fabric to turn it into a bookcloth rather than for
> padding purposes as it is
> a very straightforward solution but have had mixed
> results with the adhesive
> sometimes not adhering, sometimes separating in
> sections at a later stage.
> The students love to use the fine Japanese silks and
> cottons that look like
> they have been hand painted (not sure if they have
> been) & we've had no luck
> in getting them to adhere evenly so I'm not sure if
> it's something to do
> with the silk, if it's had a specific treatment
> process or the quality of
> adhesive used here or if the adhesive doesn't last
> well in our tropical
> humid environment. We bought the battings from
> different suppliers in
> different weights but it seemed to make no
> difference.
> Has anyone used something like reemay (non woven
> spun bound polyester) as a
> lining for fabrics. BTW I have looked through the
> archives on the issue of
> making bookcloths & found it very useful.
> We also will try ironing the polyester batting to
> the boards & then lining
> with paper as has been suggested
> Regards & thanks
> Louise
> Dear Louise --
> I don't know what's available to you in HK, but the
> polyester quilt batting
> comes in a fusible form. The adhesive is already on
> one surface and you
> can iron it on to whatever (the boards?)
> Various battings and non-woven interfacings come in
> different weights and
> thicknesses, they are inert, and have a much longer
> life than foam (which
> can break down over time).  They can be applied with
> spray adhesive.
> I don't do binding myself, but many of the "fabric
> arts" technologies are
> transferable to book arts!
> Hope this helps!
> Susan
> Susan Fatemi
> sjfatemi@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> At 03:23 AM 10/19/2006, you wrote:
> >Dear All,
> >...
> >Another student wants to put padding underneath
> fabric &/or leather on the
> >book covers. What type & size of material (foam?)
> is most commonly used.
> >When we have used thin foam in the past we¹ve had
> difficulties adhering the
> >fabric to it & have usually only managed to stretch
> the fabric over & glue
> >only on the turn ins. This doesn¹t seem to be a
> very strong way of binding a
> >book. Also is it better to take the foam or padding
> material right to the
> >covering board edge. I saw in the archive that
> someone had suggested felt
> >covered with thin chipboard (would this be
> archival) or quilt batting. For
> >both of these how does one manage the gluing
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