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pansies and paper

June 6, 2018

as I watered the flowers this morning

these old, much used pieces of my mother’s came to mind

she loved pansies

and embroidery, crochet and knitting

I acquired my love of textiles early in life

the tea dyeing on paper was relatively quick with interesting results

each paper is a little different as the tea weakened and I added different dye stuff

I’ve decided on six signatures for the book

while the shifu pages are being woven I’ll cut and add paper pages

weaving on a linen warp with some indigo accents

the paper was used for calligraphy practice – using sumi ink – before being cut in 3mm widths

each page will be different as I’m using up small amounts of kami-ito from the stash

the colour and weight of the yarn changes with different paper being used

to precious to waste!



4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2018 3:36 am

    You definitely came by your love of textiles honestly!


    • June 7, 2018 7:24 am

      Kerry – it started with embroidery kits – bright squares of cotton with a simple animal shape printed on them, fat wool yarn, a blunt needle and plastic scissors. I graduated to knitting and sewing doll’s clothes and haven’t stopped.


  2. June 7, 2018 12:45 am

    I love pansies too and your mother’s piece is so pretty. Pansies seem to be the perfect flower for inspiration don’t they?


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