Nothing I like more than messing around with paper and the Witches Broom. Many thanks to Carol for having me over for the day and to Olive for teaching Carol the Witches Broom 'technique'. These pages (I think) will be turned into a book. Look for them later in the year.
I belong to a sewing circle that meets once a month. They are a lovely group of women.
Sewing is not one of my greatest skills but seeing that I am a participant in the sewing circle I thought that it might be nice to actually do some sewing. This particular project has been going for as long as I have been a part of the sewing circle. It is finally starting to take shape. Sewing this type of quilt is very time consuming but really shouldn't take a couple of years.
First hexagon shapes need to be cut out of paper. The material is then cut out a little larger and sewn to the paper. These shapes are sewn together.
Initially I just put the hexagons together without really thinking of a plan for the entire quilt. This led to much unpicking and annoyance at the whole process.
I then put them together in a much more ordered way and it seems to be working out. It may get finished after all.
This piece was inspired by a workshop conducted by Massimo Polello. I have called it Progression as a bit of a play on words as the piece is essentially musical but also looks like boats sailing.
As usual, I forgot to photograph it before I framed it and in addition to that I also forgot to photograph before I took it out to the Strathnairn Art Gallery and Shop. As a consequence there are reflections visible.
A lovely day spent with Carol making matchbox boxes and little accordion books to go inside. It is surprising how long they take to make. They do make a nice little present though.
During the week the lovely Bev generously showed Carol and me what I call making book cloth. Bev had previously taught me this but I hadn't taken notes and as a consequence could not remember the whole procedure. It can be used to cover hand made books.
Bev also shared with us some of her beautiful hand made books. Very inspiring.
We hung our paper up to dry but I think that if you had time and room it would be acceptable to dry them flat.
Bev advised that when they were dry we needed to board them a little and then iron them. I have not yet done that.
I had wanted to create something cheerful and bright. My initial reaction to my paper was that it was too bright and rather garish. In attempting to make it more subdued I risked making holes in my book cloth so I left it.
When it dried the colours were lovely and more muted - exactly what I wanted. That is something to remember.
Thanks again Bev.
Envelopes for the last Victorian Calligraphy Society newsletter. It just seems that I have finished one when another one is due! I had fun making these leaves for an autumn look. David Jones script is becoming a favourite of mine
This structure is based upon the oldest English book in existence, dating from the 7th/8th century CE. The original was found in the year 1104 in the coffin of St Cuthbert.
The original is displayed in the British Library and a detailed examination of the volume was carried out by Claire Breay and Bernard Meehan and the results published. The manuscript is also published online.
St Cuthbert’s Gospel is sewn with Coptic stitch with thread laced into wooden boards. It has a primary Coptic headband (challenging for most of the class), with a secondary end band sewn through the spine leather.
A Celtic knot work pattern is laid out on the boards with thin cord which is attached using an ingenious technique of weaving and pegging.
The book is covered in terracotta goatskin, molded over the cords, which picks out the design in relief on the upper board. It is then embellished with a little blind tooling and part of the tooled area is picked out with yellow paint.
The measurements are 9.7cm by 13.7cm. Quite small. It fits nicely into the palm of my hand. The oak boards are 5mm thick.
I have not yet completed my version of the binding. I need to trace the design and then embellish it with blind tooling.
It is a beautiful binding and I was especially pleased with the results. Many thanks to Michael Burke who showed a group of us how to make this structure with both patience and humour.
Autumn leaf birthday greetings paper using brown craft paper and leaves coloured, cut and pasted onto the paper. The text written in David Jones script.
I made this box for a friend who is going to SSIW for the first time. It has enough room for a collapsible water jar. The paper is some beautiful Japanese paper I have been hoarding for some time.
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