Love ‘Em and Weave ‘Em
I love the Best of Handwoven eBooks. And that might sound surprising, because it’s one of my jobs to make them.
A portion of Madelyn's eBook
collection printed out and
I’m doubly lucky there, since it’s a job I love. For one thing, I get to go through all the old issues of Handwoven, starting with the very first one in 1979. Every time I do this I am amazed by how enduring handwoven fabrics are—especially when they are beautifully designed, woven, and photographed.
Madelyn likes to store woven samples
Woo-hoo! Printing and binding
The best part, though, happens after my job with them is done. As each eBook is finished, I add it to my collection. I love seeing the finished pages on my computer screen (where they are brighter and sharper than they ever are on paper). I can enlarge them if I want to see them better.
I print them out, of course, knowing that if I need more than one copy of a page—to make notes on, to take to a loom, to put with another similar project—I can print out as many as I want. But my favorite part is making them into actual books.
This usually means a trip to my nearest office supply store (darn). I buy what are called presentation books. These come with 12 or 24 plastic-pocket pages, and they have a plastic envelope over the cover. I put the eBook pages inside the pockets, arranged in book form. I can put woven samples, notes, enlargements of the drafts, yarns—whatever I might want to keep into the pocket with a particular project.
If I am inspired by the project to weave something different from it in some way, I like to put that sample there, too, to remember the source of my idea. I print out the cover and slide it into the plastic sleeve on the outside of the book, and I even print out the title, cut out a strip with the title on it, and slide that into the plastic envelope along the spine.
I put my eBooks in magazine holders on my shelves, where I can find the one I’m looking for in a flash. Sometimes I worry that I “love ’em” (organizing my eBooks) more than I “weave ’em” (getting that warp on the loom).