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March 22, 2014

I’ve been weaving paper pages – linen warp and paper (shifu) weft

the thread was cut and spun from three different weights of paper

they are quite different


the plan was to use these as signature covers for a weaving/sample scrapbook

I wanted to use the freezer paper technique to print an image on the front of each

weaving requires some careful planning and I wove each page the size of printer paper with hem stitching finishing the edges

but the printer had other ideas!

P1040660on to plan B

– extend the size of the pages by stitching a sheet of Velma’s wonderful handmade paper onto the woven piece

Velma stitches on her paper and I’ve always planned to try it – wonderful!

I used the linen thrums to stitch with and as I didn’t want to cut the paper I’ve folded it back to make a pocket

P1040661 notebook pages from a project 2 years ago

again, woven with paper yarn, they are much smaller so I will stitch them into the center of each signature

P1040663now there are enough pages and paper to plan the next step

I’m excited – this will keep me occupied for quite a while

18 Comments leave one →
  1. palazzoducale permalink
    March 24, 2014 2:33 am

    merveilleux, i’m dying to touch it !


    • March 24, 2014 8:25 am

      palazzoducale – the warp is 40/2 linen sett at 32 ends per inch, it is light but stiff like linen


  2. March 24, 2014 1:25 am

    this is very inspiring project, I can feel how you will enjoy this! The structure of shifu paper cloth is very appealing to me, I do want to try spinning and weaving it, (will have to find it somewhere on the net, not so much shifu paper in the shops in Sweden).


    • March 24, 2014 8:30 am

      Alfia – difficult to get the paper here, also but look for a Japanese handmade kozo ( that is the plant material) paper in a light weight – 10g-15g.


      • March 24, 2014 12:51 pm

        thank you for the tip!


      • March 24, 2014 1:20 pm

        Alfia – very welcome, let me know if you find some paper and give it a try.


      • March 27, 2014 9:15 am

        Jean, sorry to bother you here, no one else to ask – I found some paper in Sweden, do you think one of them might be usable ?(the link below is a good paperworkshop, no bugs)

        (and it’s in Swedish… don’t know if you use automatic google-translate…)


      • March 27, 2014 10:16 am

        Alfia – actually the names of the papers are Japanese – you can google the paper names and find out what the specific paper is traditionally used for. the lightest in weight is 20g. and that is too heavy. the heaviest that I use is the kiraku kozo at 15g. and that is the heaviest weight that Hiroko Karuno recommends. But some people used paper dress making patterns when the technique first became trendy- I have never done that because the ink is caustic and in time the paper will disintegrate. I have some samples- will put pictures on the blog. So you can try different papers but it might be even more time consuming and frustrating!


  3. March 23, 2014 10:41 am

    oh, swooning here, how wonderful…and i’m a little bit a part of all this! that makes me well proud and so grateful…this thread connects……….


    • March 23, 2014 11:08 am

      Velma – it is so wonderful to use your paper. This is a book for me- a safe place to keep treasures, memories, patterns and connecting threads.


      • March 23, 2014 2:41 pm

        oh, i’m so glad. when we make something for ourselves, we can take some risks and include whatever we want.


      • March 23, 2014 7:43 pm

        Velma -comes a time when one needs to do the things that have been in the thinking/planning stage for a long time – like several years. I’m going to enjoy this.


  4. March 23, 2014 9:26 am

    i’m excited, too! wonderful, wonderful project.


    • March 23, 2014 9:35 am

      Aimee – I have all sorts of samples/treasures ready to go into the pages – including a couple from you.


  5. March 23, 2014 6:39 am

    All the good stuff in one project–spinning, weaving, books, stitching–love it!


    • March 23, 2014 7:58 am

      Alice – it’s thanks to inspiration from your books. I’m going to fill it up with textile-y stuff.


  6. March 22, 2014 2:42 pm

    Incredible! What a beautiful project.


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