Linen thread was used because of its ability to expand with humidity which minimizes any chance of tearing the pages. Multiple reenactment organizations’ pages which tackle medieval book binding techniques add that coating the linen thread in beeswax increases its resiliency to moist conditions. According to an in-class speaker for Medieval Anthropology 392 on July 11, linen string was used for shoe making. For this craft the thread was also coated in beeswax so that it could better withstand water exposure.
July 12, 2011
Why Linen Thread?
By The Scribes
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- The Final Steps
- Pictures of Our Finished Illuminated Pages
- Making the Images: Some Final Observations on the Process
- Ink and Pigments
- Egg White Binder
- Drilling and blind tooling with makeshift tools
- Pictures of the Illumination Process
- As the Illumination Process Comes to an End
- Egg Yolk Binder
- Yoga Breaks for Scribes
- Testing the Quill Pen
- Sizing the Pages
- A note on binding
- Drafting the Pages
- The Gospel Book of Durrow: Historical Context
- Pages from the Gospel of Durrow
- Why Linen Thread?
- The Project Proposal