Volume 37 - Spring 2014


Product & Company News

Dyed Linen Thread

New in stock, is a lovely range of dyed linen thread for exposed sewing. Sized at 18/3, the dyed thread is available in 14 attractive shades on 20 metre (22 yard) skeins.

dyed linen thread

1-4 skeins - £3.08/skein
5-9 skeins - £2.94/skein
10-19 skeins- £2.80/skein
20+ skeins- £2.66/skein

The Dyed Linen Thread can be viewed and purchased online by clicking here

(subject to VAT where applicable)

English Marble Papers

Two lovely new designs are now available in this extremely popular selection of English Marble Papers, from Payhembury, bringing the number of patterns in the range up to thirty-two. The sheet size is approx 50 x 76cm (long grain) and the sheets are produced on 115gsm wove paper.





Prices for the range are:
single sheets - £9.69 each
for 25 sheets - £9.12 each
for 50 sheets - £8.84 each
for 100 sheets - £8.55 each
for 500 sheets - £8.27 each

The full range of English Marble papers can be viewed and purchased online by clicking here

(subject to VAT where applicable)

Shepherds Machine Age Compatible Paper

We are delighted to bring you this very practical new wove paper, that has been specifically developed to blend with books printed between 1850 and 1950. It is particularly suitable to replace broken or missing end papers, but is also extremely useful for printing on and using where a 'period feel' is paramount. This paper is an excellent choice for longevity in restoration and conservation.

- Made from beech pulp
- Lignin free
- Internally sized and calcium carbonate buffered
- 90gsm 
- Sheet size 450mm x 640mm (long grain)

for 1-24 sheets - £1.14 each
for 25-49 sheets - £1.08 each
for 50-99 sheets - £1.02 each
for 100-499 sheets - £0.96 each
for 500+ sheets - £0.84 each

Machine Aged Compatible

The Shepherds Aged Compatible Paper can be viewed and purchased online by clicking here

(subject to VAT where applicable)

The Designer Bookbinders Competition, 2013

The J. Hewit & Sons Award for The Interesting Treatment of Leather

Winner - Ann Tout (Hampshire, UK)

Book - 'The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'

The design is based on a Persian garden of which there are beautiful glimpses in the poetry. The pottery of the period is very inspiring not only for the colours but also the shapes where trees play an important part, so six cypress trees have been placed on each board to make the number twelve for the mathematician. These trees reflect in a channel of water running horizontally across the binding and these reflections evolve into upturned glasses "--- turn down an empty Glass." The spine forms the Sultan's turret "And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught The Sultan's Turret in a noose of Light."

Our warm congratulations go to Ann for her beautiful binding.

Japanese Drill Punch Box Kit

A box (designed by Benjamin Elbel) to keep your Japanese Drill Punch and its bits handy and safe. The precious tool lies on leather (because its worth it) and each bit (the whole range between 1 mm and 5 mm) has its own place with its number on it (so you don't have to wonder which is which). The tray is covered in cloth and protected by a card sleeve.

The kit which costs £20.00 is:
- supplied 'flat-packed'
- ready to construct yourself using pre-cut elements
- instructions included
- designed for users with basic bookbinding equipment and know-how
- size when constructed - 147 x 30 x 56mm


Please note that the Japanese Drill Punch and Bits will need to be purchased separately!

The Box Kit can be viewed and purchased online by clicking here

(subject to VAT where applicable)

Society of Bookbinders Journal 2013


Trevor Lloyd: In the Round
Mark Harrison: Titling by Hand with Gold Leaf
Arthur Green and Hannah Brown: SoB International Competition 2013
John Burton: Boxer Rebellion
Sayaka Fukuda: Japanese Papermaking in Kochi
Alex McGuckin: The Anatomy of a Book
Alan Fitch Interview: A Time to Print, and a Time to Bind
Recent Bindings: Yohana Doudoux, Andrew Brown, Mel Jefferson, Dominic Riley


Only £18.00

This new journal may be ordered Online - Click Here


(subject to shipping charges where applicable)

Large Polishing Irons


After a break of several years, we are pleased to announce that in addition to the smaller headed polishing iron, the larger version is also available.


Only £90.00

The large (and small) polishing irons may be ordered Online - Click Here


(subject to shipping charges and VAT where applicable)

Och Aye the Noo


Some of us feel that Marius (Mo) Slaber, our Warehouse Manager, may have been up in Scotland for too long.


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