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October 5, 2011

I spent far too much time looking for waxed linen thread. Where did all the fabric stores go?

sometimes the simple and obvious is the best solution – – and valued advice from a friend with experience. Thanks, Velma.

my stash supplied some 2 ply hemp in nice colours that I’ve been hoarding for years. A little bees-wax from the sewing box and I finished the first book just in time to give as a birthday present.

 covers for the next book have hand-woven linen and shifu yarn, dyed with kakishibu – for a birthday next week.

a friend started a eucalyptus dye pot and then ran out of time, it sat for a few days – long enough to start growing, and then we got together to dye. Simmered for 3 hours, left to cool overnight – recycled silk scraps, silk bourette yarn and a linen napkin.Wool took the colour the best. The house smelled nice, we had fun and it’s not exactly beige.

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  1. October 10, 2011 3:14 am

    if you can’t find wax linen there’s a store here that carries it. let me know & i can get you some if you can’t source locally.

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  2. October 7, 2011 10:34 am

    “Not exactly beige”! Thanks for the chuckle. : )

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  3. October 6, 2011 9:29 am

    I love the way you use the fabrics on the diagonal for book covers.

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    • October 6, 2011 11:11 am

      the discovery freed me to use woven fabrics because I found it difficult to get the stripes running straight and they always looked messy. Of course it uses more precious fabric but I can use the corners in stitching.

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  4. October 6, 2011 6:29 am

    For Irish waxed linen thread, this place can’t be beat. No connection to me, just a satisfied customer.

    http://www.royalwoodltd.com/

    Question for you… where did you get the kakishibui? I’ve been wanting to try some.

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    • October 6, 2011 9:16 am

      thanks for the linen source, for the time being think I’ll use bees-wax, that way I get the colours I want. I get my kakishibu from a friend in Japan. When I go in April I’m going to try and find a commercial source, I’ll post it if I find something. Until then there are some sources – Chris Conrad wrote a book and I think still sells the pwd. and perhaps Hiromi Paper in Calf. can help.

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      • October 7, 2011 7:57 am

        I will look into your suggestion for Kakishibui and look forward to hearing if you find a commercial source.

        Love your work, btw.

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  5. October 6, 2011 6:17 am

    I’m glad you were able to use my idea about the beeswax!

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  6. October 5, 2011 2:46 pm

    i think these covers are perfect. i would image the book will be heaven to hold.

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    • October 5, 2011 2:51 pm

      well, practise makes perfect but have quite a way to go yet. really enjoying it , putting the fabric on a diagonal makes using stripey handwoven so much nicer

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