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Brocade Bookcloth

November 19, 2008

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Above: part of the delightful brocade bookcloth display now showing at Wet Paint.

I went out today to pick up a birthday present for an artist friend. I decided to just wander in my favorite art supply store: Wet Paint. Those of you who aren't local will see we are spoilt indeed by this store. I walked past the front desk and over to the paper area and BAM eye exploding color.

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Verra Blough, who organizes the paper at Wet Paint has created a display of paper and brocade bookcloth that will just draw you into the department. Yes, it's bookcloth. The silk brocades are from China, paper backed and ready to cover the book boards of your next handmade journal.

The bookcloth comes in 17 x 26 inch ($9.95) and 26 x 36 inch ($16.25) sheets. There are geometric patterns, florals, insects, fish, dragons. There are also some subtle, elegant tone on tone offerings.

If you were thinking of making books for holiday and New Year's gifts you should really check out this bookcloth. This might be just the festive look that you need. These bookcloths will bring a real touch of elegance to any handbinding project whether it's a visual journal or a limited edition artist's book. I had to get a sheet of the red and gold roses second from the top, in the image at the right. I'm not quite sure what I'll make with it but I'm going to have fun considering the possibilities.

Color control with these quick shots from my little digital camera doesn't do these bookcloths justice. You really should go in and  look at them. (I'm sorry you all don't live near by!)

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Some of the cloths are very thick because of the way the brocade is woven and I suspect they will be a little tricky to handle, but the visual impact they'll make is going to make it worth risking.

Brocade can also be delicate when it comes to wear, so these bookcloths will probably suit journals made to remain on your work table; where of course they will make a delightful visual impact.

These bookcloths also can be folded like paper to make Japanese soft covered books with pockets.

I have to stop thinking about this and get back to work. I will not bind today, I will not bind today, I will not bind today.

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    Love that you’ve got a blog – am waiting for your book on book binding, or a class out here in Mass.

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