Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 13

Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 13 – I’m spinning paper thread! We learned how to fold paper so we could cut very long strips of paper to spin. Took some practice and concentration but felt so good to be able to do it in a workshop today. [ click on any image to enlarge ]

At the loom weaving with paper thread. It felt good to be weaving again.

These are bobbins wound with paper thread. I choose one that had bits of red.

This is the cloth I wove with paper thread for wefts still on the loom. I love the bumps or slubs. Notice the bits of red. The paper we used was from an old Japanese accounting book. The black spots are where the writing was and the red one where the paper was stamped with the “signature “ stamps.

Spinning paper thread is tricky until you get the hang of it!

Here is the paper cut in preparation for spinning. Actually we are twisting the paper rather than actually spinning it.

The paper needs to be folded and cut properly. So it can be unfolded to get a long length piece to spin.

9 thoughts on “Japan 2018 Shibori Symposium – Post 13

  1. You’ve inspired me to do this with some of the old large wall maps I’ve been hanging on to. I’m pretty certain I understand the cutting technique based on your photo. Fold the paper accordion style, then alternate the cuts left and right and snip to the edge about the same width as the strips? And the slub comes where to fold gets “spun”?

    • Peggy, when you have a little time, I am hoping you could verify (and maybe expand?) Joanne’s explanation. AAA maps, you are history!

      • She is basically right. Read this wonderful book (from Amazon). Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper thread by Hiroko Karuno It explains everything so well.

    • This wonderful book explains it so well and is available from Amazon. Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread by Hiroko Karuno. I think you are basically correct.

  2. Just cut and spun abbaca paper in a spinning workshop with Judith Mackenzie. What fun to see you spinning on such an interesting wheel and then weaving the results. I admired your so straight selvages. Loving all your adventures.

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