This lovely book, Mrs Elliott's Journal, came for help to put her spine back together from three pieces barely holding, her covers back on, corners smoothed and straightened, endcaps reconstructed, ... and for a new dress. This is how it came together. Taking the old cover papers off was a priority, and though I hesitated … Continue reading More than a new French dress for Mrs. Elliott
I've had more family bible repair work this year than ever before. Is it because of the age of these books and their structural weaknesses that they are all breaking down about now? Perhaps it is that the transience of modern life makes us more attracted to the tactile bridge they provide to our heritage. … Continue reading Bible season.
This repair is to a personal WW2 photo album. PST (sticky tape) of all varieties and ages, original endpapers glued over with multiple envelopes (using an old mystery glue combo), disintegrating cloth hinge patch, separating boards, collapsed spine, stains, old glassine (affectionately known in the bindery as 'yellowing, moist, acidic, transparent sheets of doom'), and … Continue reading Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.
No, I haven't dropped off the planet, or started a cult - just crazy-hectic here with repair work that frankly should have been finished by the end of June! Most of my work this last few months have been from private collections that aren't for sharing, so sorry to those folks who are starving … Continue reading Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs
This project is very special to me.It was completed in February 2013, but the owner has not been able to visit to collect her treasure, so it has been under wraps since then. The wait is over. I'm so happy with the result.Its worth the wait. The owner of this book is an old friend, … Continue reading This project is very special to me..
Imagine a retired librarian, who loves her books so much as to bequeath their loveliness onto the next generation,and even into the caretaker hands of libraries she respects. Fully appreciating however, the limited resources of libraries and loved ones alike, and feeling the book custodian's sense of responsibility and stewardship, she sets out to leave … Continue reading Two Loved Books
Some of the most personal and personally satisfying repair work I have the privilege to do is for books that have been read many times, loved and passed on, and in need of love to keep them fresh for the reading once more.With TLC and a binders gentle hand, they can offer joy to even … Continue reading TLC for Little Women