[GBW] questions about felt linings

bpeldridge at aol.com bpeldridge at aol.com
Thu Aug 9 12:16:37 EDT 2007


About felts:  Traditionally felts were made of wool, which of course 
was attractive to insects;  modern felts are synthetic, which is not, 
but is harder and slightly more abrasive.  Ultra suede is a nice 
alternative, as it is soft and a relatively stable material.
There was also a cotton material with a brushed, felt like surface, 
that was used a lot and some of us still have, but I wouldn't know 
where one could get it now.

Of course it depends on whether the box is a clamshell box or a 
slipcase, where the abrasiveness can be more of a problem.  And it 
depends on what the item is, whether leather or cloth and paper, where 
lining with a nice acid-free paper might be more sympathetic and 
appropriate...  Always lots of choices depending on the variables...

Betsy Eldridge





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From: Pat Miller <pj43mill at verizon.net>

To: gbw at mailman.lib.msu.edu

Sent: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 2:02 pm

Subject: [GBW] questions about felt linings













How conservational is felt for lining boxes, slipcases, etc?  Is one 
felt

different from another?  Does one buy felt at the local fabric store, 
or is

there a special felt for bookbinding purposes?  Is there another 
product,

other than felt, that might be better as a protective lining in boxes, 
etc.?





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