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Re: Pin pricking

Aside from Medieval Europe, this method was extensively used in the Near
East to create repeating and roundel designs for illumination and
bookbindings.  Usually a paper was folded twice, a design drawn on one
section, then pierced through.  This was then opened up and the resulting
pattern could be transferred by using a pounce of fine charcoal over the
pattern, and onto the cover of the book, or piece to be painted etc.

Lampshade piercing was also done in America since the colonial period.   I
recently saw a book about lampshades published by Lark Books that
featured this technique.

Jake Benson

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