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playing with paper

September 14, 2017

the kami-ito stash

making paper thread is addictive

I cut the paper with a T-square

it took me ages to figure this out

it makes the process so much quicker and more accurate

I use a Olfal knife with break-off blades

in the first picture you can see how the blade fits into the handle and moves up with the button

just break off one section of the blade with pliers for a nice new sharp blade

when I first started working with shifu, at Kawashima in 1987

I bought the knife and a package of extra blades – still going strong!

the handle fits in the hand comfortably and reduces wrist/hand strain

still available to order on-line

  weaving on my old weave-it loom is much easier than my “nails on a board”

the thread could be a bit thicker

in the early morning sun

I stitched four squares together with paper thread to make a little bag

the stiff paper thread makes it three-dimensional

the squares are also good to make flower pins

and a knitted sample

you have to be careful as the thread doesn’t have any elasticity

but the knitted piece is very stretchy

this thread has been dyed with sumi ink

having fun
































6 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    September 16, 2017 7:30 am

    yay! it’s kami-ito time here, too. i love the square pocket/bag–i might think that the dreaded weave-it loom is a good tool for this…your stash is lovely, and i’ve been beavering away making mine bigger and better.


    • September 16, 2017 8:07 am

      Velma – I’ve made dozens of squares on that weave-it loom in odd spare moments, book bags for the grands when they were little and flower pins, etc. using lumpy bits of handspun. Without nail heads on the pegs they slip off easily. I’m working on the stash!


  2. September 16, 2017 3:01 am

    You really are having fun! I love seeing you use the Weave-It loom in such a sophisticated yet simple way!


    • September 16, 2017 8:10 am

      Kerry – that weave-it loom came from a charity store, it has given me hours of simple pleasure – and kept my hands busy in spare moments .


  3. theloomroom permalink
    September 15, 2017 7:05 am

    Fab! I love weaving with paper and seeing what happens when it is washed. I tried my hand at making my own paper yarn and also really enjoyed the process, although it is so long. Your results are lovely.


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