On Tuesday of this week, my friend Kaffie and I went to the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech. http://paper.gatech.edu. The history of paper was fascinating and there were many historical paper-making machines to be seen. But the exhibit, "Formation," was breathtaking. Will be up through March 1. Kaffie took all these photos--way better than the ones I tried to take!!
My aim is to combine embroidery with weaving small tapestries with spun paper, along with book design and construction. I think empty-headed Little Miss Muffet is an attempt along the way. The background board is dyed 140 lb Arches, the tapestry is linen warp and dyed paper yarn, and the dots are French knots using embroidery floss. Maybe I can work into making such a thing into a page in a book.
First, I dyed some 140 lb paper in a random splashy manner. Then cut a 2 3/4 X 4 inch rectangle in the blue paper and warped the rectangle with orange linen. I'd never tried to weave in the wedge weave technique, and since it looked simple enough to do, (spoiler alert: it's not simple), I chose some colors and began to weave. This is my first attempt at weaving with all this yarn I've spun. I find that the thinner yarn weaves more easily and looks better for this technique than the coarser spin.
I've been dying, then spinning paper into yarn, which is a lot of fun plus comforting somehow. Listening to radio, music, and especially recorded books while I do it. I've now got an array of colors. At first I thought a thicker yarn would weave better on the widely placed warp, but thick is clumsy and doesn't bend easily.
Pat enjoys designing and weaving tapestries, designing and constructing books, knitting, cooking, and fooling around in Atlanta, GA. Member of the American Tapestry Alliance, Tapestry Weavers South, Southern Highland Craft Guild, Southeastern Fiber Arts Alliance and Atlanta Shambhala Meditation Center.