knitting and binding


Ahead of next week’s CMT conference on ‘Texts and Textiles’, I thought I’d share this beautiful notebook which was given to me by a friend. The handsewn book has been bound in Shetland wool, knitted in a Fair Isle style, thus combining in one object, as the label above says, two traditional skills. The knitted wool creates an especially tactile surface, quite the opposite of the smooth, glossy covers of mass-produced hardback books. And I like the way that the repeated patterns of dark stitches against a pale background evoke the appearance of written text on a page.

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