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November Meeting

We learned kumihimo braiding. Kumihimo is a traditional Japanese technique of braiding to create intricately colored cords. The cords are strong but slender, and have a multitude of uses. Samurai once used kumihimo as laces for their armor.





August 2015, Paper Making on a hot day

A post from last August when Frank lead a day of recycling paper.
Next month we make books out of the paper that was made!

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We used a 2-layer technique to paint on a piece of paper with different colored paper.  Yes, painting with paper pulp not paint.

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Paper was drying everywhere, even in the bird garden. Lots of paper was made and will be made into books next month!

Frank’s Refillable Cloth Book Cover

Materials : cloth, fusible interfacing, thread, signature booklet, sewing machine.



I used hand spun yarn to hold the single signature in the cover.


If You wanted to have 2 or 3 signatures in the book, the cover would have to be wider and you would need more yarn loops to hold them more signatures in.  These are minor adjustments once you understand how to make the single signature book.


Frank’s June Shibori Dyeing

Saturday I folded and sewed. I found ironing the folds on the clamped pieces made for more accurate folds.  I also found ironing the straight pleats for sewing made the sewing easier.


Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist technique. Traditionally, the cloth is sandwiched between two pieces of wood, which are held in place with string


Nui shibori includes stitched shibori. A simple running stitch is used on the cloth then pulled tight to gather the cloth

These are my results