Friday, January 6, 2012

Making a Felt Book, Pt. 2: Cutting to Size

To begin making a piece of felt into a book it is useful to cut the pages and cover to size. Perhaps all my years of cutting off the deckle edges for letterpress printing have influenced my aesthetic: I like to cut the edges off of the handmade felt as well, but it is not necessary. Watch fingers! Keep fingers behind ruler! Trim, then divide the long piece of felt into four equal pieces. You will then trim three of the folded pages down to fit inside the wraparound cover as shown.

Tools: Large self-healing cutting mat; rotary cutting knife; metal ruler that is longer than your wool felted fabric
Material: 17" x 9" (43 cm x 23 cm) wool felted fabric
Example: A bookblock with three folded pages and a wraparound cover, 4" x 4 1/2" x 2" thick (102 cm x 114 mm x 51 mm)

Next up: Finding the Forms with a Sewing Machine

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