[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 

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

there a special felt for bookbinding purposes?  Is there another 

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

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