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Quill

Quill

This is a great little site about “Books before print.” It is co-authored by Erik Kwakkel, whom I must admit to having a little geek crush on. It is a wonderful resource for the beginner just looking to understand how books were made a millennium ago....
Coronation Book for Ivan and Matilde

Coronation Book for Ivan and Matilde

Now that it has been gifted, I can share with you my latest book. A Coronation Book for Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East Kingdom, in which we invited gentles to share their thoughts and well wishes for Them as they sat in State. I have known in my heart...
How to Bind a Girdle Book

How to Bind a Girdle Book

Here it is folks, my class on how to bind a girdle book. This is aimed at beginners, so please do try it, and let me know how it goes for you! I’ve had great success teaching this at Pennsic, Artisan’s Village, privately and elsewhere for a few years now....
Rory’s Vigil Book

Rory’s Vigil Book

A good friend and member of my household was elevated to the Chivalry at Ducal Challenge in September 2017.  He is a simple man and so I made a simple hardcover book. Vegetable dyed Hudson deer hide over oak boards with corners, linen thread binding 80# text weight...
Katheryn’s Vigil Book

Katheryn’s Vigil Book

Now that is has been gifted, I get to post about the vigil book I made for Katheryn Fontayne’s elevation to the Order of the Laurel. I knew right away that I wanted to use parchment over silk for the cover. I hemmed and hawed though at what to carve into it. In...
Mini-Book Binding Kit

Mini-Book Binding Kit

I’ve been making more and more mini book, and well it’s just SILLY to try and bind them on my big sewing frames and in my big press. Inspiration hit and I realized that I probably had everything I needed to put together a kit for binding mini books....
Simon’s Vigil Book

Simon’s Vigil Book

Simon Montgomery earned the honor of becoming a member of the Chivalry in the Autumn of 2016. I had the happy task of making his vigil book. I was asked to incorporate skulls somehow, and so I used them as decorative bosses! This book is bound with the Ethiopian...
Medieval Bookmarks

Medieval Bookmarks

[From a file dated August 19, 2016. Updated October 23, 2017.] I began teaching a class on medieval bookmarks at Pennsic 45. I was inspired by, yes – you guessed it, a post by Erik Kwakkel! I did some digging and recalled things that I had seen in various rare...