Growlygracepress's Blog

this is what I expect from this day.
November 29, 2013, 10:44 am
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I fettle books that fit the hand and are warm to touch, that positively are thrilled about being made with honest good materials.
Books that are bold, strong and trusted, they won’t fall apart and they won’t bleed ink.


What I am going to do today is impose order and direction on the books that I have not covered. I am going to use a kanban board to achieve this.
I believe that I can make a decent living out of making books either as commissioned one off or as a small book sold in craft shop, I can teach a verity of workshops and I can provide a full range of bookbinding services to artist and designers.
My name is Deirdre and live in Newcastle.

The books that I need to think about.
November 27, 2013, 2:17 pm
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I assumed that I would have all the books covered but it did not happen. If I had to pick a reason it’s the lack of planning for many reasons we buy in to spontaneity as the bed rock of creativity.

I also am not really sure about the tiny little lindisfarne letter book but I am going to have another go.

I am entirely all right about the books being seen as novelty items. I don’t think they are but you know how people are.

This time next week all the little books will have a smart cover.

good strong bright books.
November 27, 2013, 2:08 pm
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and these.


goldilocks meet avalon
November 27, 2013, 2:06 pm
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I have managed to generate a new size of books that makes me happy. I call it ‘avalon’ as I had run out of baby animals names so I am moving right along with mythical place names.

I need to make a new book that is little bit bigger than the goldilocks book.

The Geordie terms of endearments books.


Good or what?

I think I am in love with this book.
November 27, 2013, 1:49 pm
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This is great. It’s a strong assured book. It feels great in my hand and it’s saying what it is loud and proud.

I could turn these books out day in and day out and I would be happy and proud as well.

But I did get worth while results.


By which I mean I got some really good stuff made, some ideas that I am going to develop and make stronger.

creating a work flow for hand bookbinding


It’s not enough to make the books but more importantly and I really can’t stress this enough you have to craft a system to make the books as effectively as possible.

Making a random big pile of books and hoping for inspiration is not the best way to go about things. I had some ideas but I am working poorly and I know there is a better way.

Has to be, as it stands to reason.

I have started to look at the problems I am making for myself and can see solutions.

I did an audit of how I made these books and pin pointed where the sense of failure was.

I realised that have the entire process wrong. I go to my bench with the idea of making some books. Thats it. Nothing else just ‘make some books’ This has to change in to make a series or an edition of books that are this particular size and have this design on the cover, that are made of this paper, the endpapers are this and all the components parts are cut out or are good to go.

I should be assembling books not random acts of binding.

Putting leather on spines.
November 17, 2013, 12:06 pm
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I’ve put the leather on the first four books and I am pleased so far with the results a couple of things came up.

These books are smaller than the monsters I normally bash out and I need to be a little bit gentler and kinder to them.

I didn’t have a metal sheet that fitted the book so I dug out some materials that came from a skip outside a shop that made car number plates. I got many sheets of offcuts of reflective vinyl so I used that as a ‘fence’ when pressing the book.

I make the grove with a knitting needle. The linen thread is setting the head cap.

Taking care and consideration with soup.
November 17, 2013, 11:57 am
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When I take my time with soup I start with a good stock and build and embellish it, I take care with preparing the vegetables, I check and adjust the seasoning, I put colours in to it to make it appealing, I add fresh herbs, I chop up meat and add it towards the end. I don’t use the slow cooker.

I get the soup I deserve.