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It’s alright ma I’m only bookbinding.
April 28, 2017, 10:11 am
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So I sorted out all the paper in the drawers and identified what I had accumulated.

There is the remains of jeffery paper, other people’s marbled paper, my marbled paper, my painted paper, hand made paper with flowers and twigs in it I also came across this scrap of a paper by the much missed Ann Muir.


I also came across a collection of paper which I absolutely loved but had no luck with.

This paper is from a French factory which makes decorative cloth flowers you know for hats and the like.


The paper caught the drips of dyes from the flowers.



Thats a scrap of Jane’s ‘funny animals’ paper on top.


I like these papers a lot. They are strong, bold and random. They are what they are.

The best part of yesterday was I found some endpapers that I had painted and would make for an good sized book, I found a drawer full of a very nice paper that I can bind, I cleared a shelf of unfinished, unpurposed book that quietly mocked me and I put them in a box. Sometimes it’s like the creepy ventriloquist puppet that talks from inside the case.

So I am slightly ever so back in love with bookbinding again. I am sorting out the work area. I am sure the drawers will fit back in to the case.


And when that happens I am going to label every single drawer. Correctly.

scraps of paper
April 27, 2017, 11:55 am
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I have kept all the offcuts of the papers.

found this
April 27, 2017, 9:41 am
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Going through the drawers I am finding collections of paper that I have put together and have not found a use for and it occurs to me that I could use them like ‘plates’ that I make books that are ‘illustrated’ with paper samples. That perhaps a journal could benefit with a break now and again. A bit of marbled paper here and there. To break the tedium of unlined white.

I found some endpapers.
April 27, 2017, 9:13 am
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So I am empty out the drawers of the plan chest and I have found these beauties. Big bold painted endpapers and I think I will sew them up to make a book about seeds.

Before I do that I am going to finish clearing up the drawers.


making big books
April 27, 2017, 8:13 am
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This is a book in a press and I am colouring the fore edge and then I am going to wax and burnish it because I like coloured edged books. So there.

I am also doing a million things all at once because I like to do that as well.

I am writing and photographing for this blog.

I am making a book and making it handsome.

I am organising all my sheets of paper.

I am confronting all the chaos that surrounds me and imposing order.




this is all the jeffery paper that I own
April 27, 2017, 7:57 am
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A lot of people visit this blog because I wrote about John and Jane Jeffery of Edinburgh who made the most amazing decorated paper. They sold the papers by word of mouth, I think they did a stand at a Society of Bookbinders conference and one of the bookbinding suppliers carried it and there was a final hurrah of a web site dedicated to the selling of hand bound notebooks made by them which lasted for under a year and then closed.

This is the remaining papers I have and I am going to photograph them and more importantly the catalogs and sales leaflets they designed and stick it up on the blog.

I think they were producing innovative and exciting papers and deserved better recognition.

the return of the jack
April 21, 2017, 9:55 am
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You have realised that the purpose of this blog is about me talking to myself and making lists of intentions and bleating. So once I get all the all of my chest I can actually focus and accomplish shit. So I went down to the allotment and got the car jack and the ‘straight edge’  I’ll clear up later on and I’ll beg husband to have a shot with the drawers I am rather heavy handed and impatient which leads to damage. Where as the husband will consider the problem and then enact the solution with thought and grace.