Last night I made my first piece of bookcloth. I used a piece of my hand dyed cotton poplin with a sheet of Kozuke (44grams) from Shephards. I followed the excellent instructions given by Sarah Bryant on her blog Big Jump Press. Sarah tells you how to make your own starch paste – I cheated and brought some ready made from Ratchfords. I diluted the paste about 50/50 with cold water.
I found the process really easy but had to use a stippling brush across the whole surface to get good adhesion between the paper and the cloth – maybe a combination of not getting the fabric wet enough and the starch paste being a little too thick?? Or because of the weight of paper?
It dried nicely overnight but feels stiffer than I thought it would. So this morning I am going to make another piece. I’m going to spray more water on the fabric and leave it for 10-15 minutes before adding the paper. I’m going to dilute the paste just a little bit more. I’m also going to use a different, slightly lighter weight paper. And yes the scientist that I am in my day job is screaming about the dangers of changing too many variables at once! But, what the heck, it is my weekend off.