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March 28, 2014

last night was “tea and tell” – there was lots to look at and feelP1040668


Heather’s two wool shawls in shades of pink and red – so soft and warm

P1040670Kathy’s wonderful pattern

P1040676Arlene’s beautiful scarf in 8 shaft twill blocks – the picture doesn’t do it justice


 Ann’s baby blanket – basket weave – it is so soft and cuddly

P1040673four of us exchanged yarns (in the paper bags) for a group weaving project

due in September

Lauren (on the right) is wearing her hand knit Aran sweater


Carrie finished her scarf  – she did some sampling on one end of the Log Cabin pattern

I love it


paper yarn made from dress making patterns

the square was woven using one weft of paper and one of cotton yarn

this was gifted to me, I did not do the work

the ink used to print the patterns may be caustic and eventually destroy the paper

I would be hesitant to put all the time and effort required into using this paper

8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2014 7:09 am

    re: the pattern papers…jean, wouldn’t the other issue be the quality of the paper? those patterns were made on good strong machine made (read wood pulp) papers. shifu was traditionally made from hand made kozo. even the older account books (and lord knows what was in the inks!) were made from handmade kozo.

    of course it’s ALL interesting to see and enjoy…and hopefully learn from.


    • March 29, 2014 7:45 am

      Velma – you are so right. I have worn and washed a vest and jacket woven with kozo paper for several years and they still look “like new”. Don’t think the pattern papers would stand up to that. Maybe it is also the case of craft versus a more professional approach to textiles?


  2. March 28, 2014 9:54 pm

    If it helps, I’ve used old Vogue patterns for shifu and then kumihimo and the braids are still intact from the 1990’s! The inks are vegetable-based since around then. However, even vintage patterns from the ’60’s and ’70’s in the stash show no deleterious effects of time so I wouldn’t be too concerned. Unless you’re planning 100 or more years of longevity? 😉


    • March 28, 2014 10:35 pm

      thanks Louisa – that is good to know, think I’m too much of a traditionalist but I’ll pass it along to another reader who was asking.


  3. March 28, 2014 3:33 pm

    Jean, thanks a lot for your reply on paper! I will keep looking then. As usual I am envious about your “tea and tell” gatherings. Not only the weavings are beautiful but you have some nice teapots and cups there. What can be better than sitting on the floor, drinking tea and talking weaving…


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