Custom orders make for an excellent excuse to justify buying “just a couple” extra sheets of paper. Because when you’re paying for shipping, you might as well get all you can. :)
Loving these gorgeous papers from Hollanders!
Istg there are no shops in the UK with nice paper!! ASDFGHJKL
Well, I’ll admit I’ve never shopped for bookbinding supplies or paper in the UK, but since I’ve heard similar complaints from other folks there, I did some research on it for you. I thought these options looked promising, so I wanted to share them in case you hadn’t heard of them:
[some seriously awesome papers here—I might have to save up for the international shipping just to get some]
[chiyogami prices comparable to what I pay here in the US, if not slightly cheaper]
You can find even more on the Society of Bookbinders site: http://bit.ly/1msIq0i
Of course, you might not always be able to walk in and browse, but they all have online stores, and my two primary suppliers are far away from me, so I’m always ordering online.
I’m also wondering if pondweed or other UK bookbinders could make recommendations?
updownbindery and sononemo - you might do better to order chiyogami, etc, from Toronto. I was telling my friend about The Paper Place vs. Shepherds prices, and he immediately calculated that the shipping to the UK would be about the same as a (Young Person’s Railcard’s) discount train ticket. Shepherds is still lovely to visit, and stocks other papers. They just can’t have the same range as The Paper Place when it comes to chiyogami and katazome-shi.
But I’ve still found them the best for large spools of linen thread and other sundries. If you get the chance to go to their London store, the staff are also really friendly and knowledgeable.
There’s Paperworks in Totness that stocks some chiyogami and also carta varese paper and sundries.
I’ve never used Otter Bookbinding, but I have them bookmarked, and they have a cute name.
Buch & Box on Etsy stocks some lovely chiyogami. She’s in Germany, but postage was affordable and my order arrived really quickly. I can highly recommend her. I’m actually finding it harder to find stockists of carta varese than chiyogami at the moment. (Or at least, at a price I don’t wince at. I brought some of my paper in Barcelona from Papirvm, and I kind of balk at paying £3.00 for something I paid €2.00 for.)
Seawhite’s online shop (unless you live near their factory outlet) is great for cartridge paper, PVA, cutting mats, and general art supplies!
I follow the London Centre for Book Arts. They have a shop and I aim to learn more about them in future.
A small company with really friendly customer service is Vintage Paper co. I buy through their ebay, but it looks like they’ve got their website store up now!
Otherwise, browsing shops for pretty papers, and quilting shops for cottons to turn into book cloth with Heat-n-Bond/bond-a-web is how I find most of my stuff. I’m drooling over some Liberty Tana Lawn designs I’m thinking of treating myself to sometime.
I’m still in love with that top chiyogami, Meredith.
I have no idea of how to say thanks properly for this info, let me give you an enormous awkward hug :) Thank you