Materials list provided for students to make book cloth on their own.
1 sheet (or more) of mulberry paper 25.5 x 33” (available at talasonline.com)
1 package of Heat N Bond iron on adhesive ultra hold (available at JoAnn Fabric on line)
2 sheets white tissue paper
Instant wheat paste #301, only comes in 1 lb. packages that will last for a lifetime (available at talasonline.com)
1 clean dishtowel, not terrycloth
1 clean soft, flat bristle brush 2 – 3” wide like an inexpensive painter’s brush
Fabric to be backed:
- at least 3 pieces of fabric approximately 2” smaller all around than the mulberry paper. You can cut the mulberry paper and the fabric to any size you wish so long as it fits on the drying board. Fabric needs to be smaller than the size of your drying board and size of your mulberry paper.
- each piece should be ironed
- natural fibers work best: cotton, silk, hemp, rayon
- a tight weave is best; no gauze, lace or sheers
- if possible leave a selvedge edge (finished edge) attached to the fabric so you know the direction of the grain of the fabric.
- A drying board: can be a unmounted piece of formica or a large piece of cardboard covered with mylar securely taped in place. It needs to be 2” larger all around than the mulberry paper.