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Re: [BKARTS] Instructions for "homemade" book cloth sought



My experience with gelatin on fabric is that it tends to absorb small amounts of moisture from the air; over a long period of time, and depending on ambient humidity, it becomes subject to mold and especially visible on light-colored fabric. It also takes a lot of time to work with to make sure the fabric is stretched flat, the gelatin is an even consistency and doesn't lump up on you, etc. I am wondering whether using the acrylic mediums suggested in this thread might be more archival and less problematic?

I mostly use the very thin interfacing method glued on or use WonderUnder with a Japanese paper backing with fabrics I can see any amount of daylight through. They both work very well and offer instant gratification with no glue bleed-through. I am looking forward to trying the matte medium technique described today in this thread - certainly it should work with most fabrics with a close weave.

Kathy G


On Nov 28, 2006, at 1:11 PM, J Godsey wrote:


Gelatin? Hmm I have been using ordinary fabric interface.



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Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Instructions for "homemade" book cloth sought

I've seen some beautiful and sturdy coverings made by Cary
Peck of Boulder CO.

She used "ordinary" (decorated, actually) cloth easily found
in fabric stores and coated it with a thick solution of
unflavored gelatin (found in any supermarket).

Alan Shalette



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Subject: Instructions for "homemade" book cloth sought


Can anyone recommend some books/websites/other documentation that could describe how one can make book cloth from various kinds of fabric, in hobbyist language?

I have read the short essay on this topic on page 368 of
Keith Smith and Fred Jordan's book, _Sewn and pasted cloth
and leather bookbinding for book artists requiring no special
tools or equipment_, where Keith describes a process of
gluing text-weight paper to a piece of fabric.
The description is good, but I need a bit more detail on how
this is done, and specific types of fabric and paper that are
good to use in such a process.  I'm very much a book arts
rookie, and though I am slowly learning the trade jargon,
instructions in more "average jane"
language would be helpful to me in getting started.

Thanks in advance for your help! :o)

Carrie

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