Wednesday, 7 November 2018

November Notes

A change to our scheduled room meant we were a little constrained for space, but that turned out to be a good thing as we were able to help one another through the coptic stitch or chain binding that our friend Elizabeth Willow came to show us.  

This is a very useful binding for single pages, or for fairly small signatures, as we used for this exercise. Despite the relative complexity of learning the binding, everyone managed to complete a book, and went away armed with Elizabeth’s advice to make at least 6 more for practice, by which time the binding should be well embedded in our memories. As ever, Elizabeth was a very patient and calm teacher and we loved having her with us again.


Elizabeth recommended the new book by Hedi Kyle, entitled ‘The Art of the Fold’.

This podcast references Hedi Kyle and the book mentioned in our notes:

The Art of the Fold.


Shown works included ‘Tracks ‘, by Jackie and some leaf dyed work by Joyce, or books in the making ( including Harrocks Wood by Brenda) . Eric once again amazed us all by his industry and enthusiasm for all things book-related. Chris had brought some lovely hand-made papers to sell at extremely reasonable prices, and many of us took up the opportunity to restock.


 We briefly discussed the Manchester Artists’ Book Fair, and also the programme for next year. Everyone agreed that Paul Johnson, who is a very well-respected pop-up bookmaker amongst his many other skills, would make a great day, and we agreed to see if he could come along to our June 2019 Saturday, making the event a 10 - 4 session. This will mean an extra cost to the session to cover Paul’s fees. More details to follow.

Frances has been doing some experiements in rust printing paper. She will bring some samples for the next workshop.

Our next meeting is on the 1st of December, with more information to follow in a blog post nearer the time, but please bring along a blank book of at least 20 pages; it need not be very complicated but be ready for use.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

November Workshop

Saturday 20th October saw Marilyn at the Manchester Artists Book Fair, which started at 11 and went on until 7, although she wimped out at 6.30pm! Cath came along for the first hour or so and helped set up. The venue was a new one for the fair and was...interesting! Usually a cafe with books, it had 20 tables closely packed in, but unfortunately it was dark inside, in fact too dark to see some of the writing in the books clearly which was a shame. This has been reported to the organisers. Footfall was lower than usual for Manchester, but a big protest march in the adjacent square and a Manchester City home game didn’t help. She still managed to sell a few books, and it was great as always to see other book makers, some familiar faces and some not. And talking of familiar faces, who was this that Marilyn bumped into right outside the venue?

Yes, just as we thought Eric was safely tucked up in Aus , he reappeared in Manchester! The sad reason for this is a relapse in terms of his father-in-law’s health, but it was great to see him again and he hopes to be at our November meeting before making another bid for freedom!

November meeting, Saturday November 3rd, meeting room 2 in Liverpool Central Library

We shall have Elizabeth Willow with us to take us through a codex binding, a really useful binding method and very ancient indeed. Many of you will remember Elizabeth from last November, and we’re delighted she can rejoin us this year. Elizabeth has asked that you bring the following items: 

cutting board, knives, ruler, pencil, needles if you have them, scissors and awl. She will generously supply the paper.


*Please note that Chris will be bringing along some mulberry papers for sale, many at very reasonable prices, so bring your purses. Cash only sales please.
There are a lot of large sheets, some embroidered and some with leaves in,(none more than £2.50) and some assorted A5 & A6 packs along with 4 covered A4 boxes full of various sizes which would be good for a crafty gift. (7.50)

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Woodland - Reflection

Those of us who made it to the wood on Saturday October 6th found that all dire warnings of travel and weather did not materialise.  (That is not say public transport would have been so easy.)   In the event because everyone was somewhere else ie. watching the Giants we few had the woodland to ourselves for the whole radiant  morning.

After our coffee we assembled at the entrance to the wood.  We gave ourselves an hour to quietly potter or sit and contemplate where we were without any agenda .  This can be challenging to some but surprisingly everyone went with the flow and found the experience a gentle enriching one.

Marilyn did some very interesting tree rubbings which I had not seen done before..

Those who could not make the visit, hopefuly will or have already  visited their own  special place and be able to produce a folding book to show at  our December meeting the subject of which will be................... 'REFLECTION'.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


We are looking forward to seeing you this Saturday. Please find attached the flyer for the fair incase you want to post the fair on social media and invite family and friends.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Autumn News

Endeavour Exhibition

Here is the Endeavour  link to some superb work.

Eric in Australia has been very busy again and sent details of his latest coptic stiched book.

Thought you may be able to use this. As you know I like to source my materials from Car boot sales, Charity shops and Flea markets when I travel about. Well I picked these items up from difference places but they are by the same company. My attraction to the cards was nature. And the tin ideal for putting specimens in. But when I looked at them I thought there a bit of a theme here.
Hope this of some use. Eric

Usually I do not promote books on this blog but this time is an exception as it perfectly tied in with the woodland visit.    I borrowed this on a request from the library, mainly because of the cost.  Many of you will have heard of Alice Fox from embroidery connections, my main interest is eco dying with rust and natural objects.  

This book covers all interests.  It is beautifully designed and laid out (including textured velveteen cover) with a fair amount of useful information regarding techniques.  It is heavy on white space and large photos and light on text, which initially put me off buying it. BUT...........Once you appreciate how slow and inspired the process is you can see that the book is laid out in the same way requiring thoughtful consideration on the part of the gave me a direction for my own work  BUT......I will still wait for a paperback version.