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paper and thread

March 22, 2018

slowly stitching and spinningstitching on paper

Velma’s handmade paper using different plant materials

using handspun threads

a soft, strong paper stitched with singles cotton

amazing how strong the cotton was – it didn’t break or fray

when finished the paper felt like leathery fabric

in contrast is the Canadian thistle paper

with a rough texture and significant exposed plant material

stitched with singles silk, dyed with kakishibu the texture didn’t change much

on a fine, light paper the circle is stitched with kami-ito

paper thread plied with a very fine Japanese silk

a circle woven on the same paper

warp threads stitched on the outline with weft woven on the surface only

the thread is 2 ply silk dyed with sumi ink

weaver me loves this one

it is very difficult to capture the colour of the red eri silk

a small plied skein – this will keep me spinning for a long time

and finally – on the second scarf a red border adds a little colour

8 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    March 24, 2018 7:26 am

    i have three awls, no four, and my favorite is the one i made for myself. it fits my hand and need perfectly. an awl and a piece of foam core for under. then you have the possibilities of stitching from either side and the distinct differences of each. and then you can use a binder’s needle (blunt) which avoids one set of pokey injuries! and you can switch the work from poking holes to stitching holes, also pre-poking means you can make use of edges in interesting ways…


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    March 23, 2018 10:16 am

    what’s there to say about putting together good stuff making better stuff. so eloquent, aren’t i? i envision a gathering of paper/weave/spin/dye/book/word makers. oh, yes.


    • March 23, 2018 10:25 am

      Velma – I’ve been very interested in how you make holes in the paper before stitching. I still just stitch like doing kantha on cloth, will have to try making the holes.


  3. March 23, 2018 6:30 am

    oh, my!!! so striking from the first image to the last. i was just telling velma about my intense envy of her work now because she has the space/time to do so. it extends to you!! but i know it’s temporary for me as i plan the move to my very first house and transition to a new kind of settledness.

    the woven circle is perfection!! beautiful. thank you for sharing!


    • March 23, 2018 9:58 am

      Aimee – all the very best in your move. Your work is so uniquely you that it will always stand out above others. I am in awe of your dresses, ducks and jiseung techniques. Take care of yourself.


  4. donna permalink
    March 22, 2018 5:06 pm

    Lovely work!


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