On Saturday I attended a fabulous bookbinding event put on by the Canberra Craft Bookbinders' Guild. Vicki and Nicky guided us lucky participants through the techniques of making a case bound book that opens flat with decorative stitching on the spine. The decorative stitching is from one of Keith Smith's bookbinding manuals.
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.
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