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books and stamps and kasuri

October 3, 2011

I’m making books so I don’t forget everything I learned.

and I found this feather on my morning walk, perfect for a stamp. The test stamp makes a nice bookmark.



the cover fabric is hand-woven kasuri/ikat fabric with a handspun silk weft.


as I can’t find waxed linen thread I’ll have to wax some thrums before stitching.









the fabric is scraps from an unlined jacket I spun, dyed and wove several years ago. With a fusible backing and then mulberry paper I hope it will wear well. 



8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2011 1:20 pm

    if/when you need waxed linen, i can lend a hand for resource places. the book looks great. so, i have broken rules, but it sometimes works that if you glue out your boards with pva, leave till tacky, you can place fabric right on the boards (horrors) with no seepage. OR you can fuse the fabric directly to the boards with double sided fusible interfacing. i don’t really see a need for the paper layer. just my opinion…


    • October 4, 2011 3:13 pm

      thanks Velma, I like eliminating steps. Don’t think I’m ready to trust my gluing but fusing directly on the board sounds doable. I’ve wasted 2 days looking for waxed linen locally and found 1 source – a pkg of 3, black, orange and purple. can’t imagine ever using the purple – so- I bought soy wax and am going to try making my own??


  2. October 4, 2011 6:33 am

    I think I saw waxed linen thread at Dick Blick Art Supplies. Or could you use linen thread run through beeswax.


  3. October 4, 2011 4:38 am

    Jean you are a woman of many talents. I love that feather stamp. Imagine printing one in every page!


  4. October 3, 2011 9:51 pm

    You are full of surprises, I can not believe that you made the the fabric yourself from scratch. The colours and the patterns are beautiful.
    I also like the feather stamp, nice and simple idea to personalise one’s letters.


  5. kathy permalink
    October 3, 2011 7:33 pm

    I saw the feather on your table but didn’t see the stamp as we got chatting on other things.
    Of course when I saw the feather I thought what a great feather for the recorder. We recorder players are always on the look out for feathers to clean the aperture of the recorder.
    I did find the dye symbols on page 21. thanks for sharing your knowledge.


  6. October 3, 2011 6:43 pm

    Lovely! So is the fabric fused to fusible backing and then to paper, or is it just fabric & paper? Whichever, it makes a beautiful cover.


    • October 3, 2011 7:09 pm

      it’s the fabric, the fusible interfacing – in the class we used stitch witchery but I couldn’t find any here so I used Pellon, it was a little more difficult to use but they both gave the same results. class then fused tissue paper to prevent the glue seeping through but I have a big roll of thin mulberry paper so used that and it worked well.


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