For years I've wanted to know how to spin paper into yarn. Thanks to Sandy Webster, I can now do that thing. She showed me a simple way to spin and referenced me to Susan Byrd (link to a Youtube video of paper spinning) for further information and instructions. A good source for Thai Kozo paper is at the Dick Blick online site, for I discovered that any old so-called mulberry paper won't necessarily spin well. Below are a few trial spins. I colored the white kozo paper with some fabric dyes I have on hand. The samples are resting on a surface type cinder block (only about 1 1/2 inches thick) which is supreme for getting a tight spin. Susan Byrd has the whole dang big block in her demonstration. Just saying.
Here's another tapestry from my self-made book, The Moons of 2015. This one is for January 4, 2015. In my enthusiasm for the diary-like idea, I made two drawings for this full moon. At this time, I'm still completely unaware that my husband and I will be moving to a continuing care retirement community.
There's more information about that moons book at the 11/15/2018 post--(see way below).
Since no one wants my knitting efforts, I need some other hand work to do while waiting in all those medical places I am frequently prone to be in. I've taken up embroidery and it is satisfying. Combining embroidery with constructing books produced this book, "Taming The Ox," which is an adaptation of the ten steps to enlightenment probably painted by a 16th century Chinese Buddhist monk along with his commentary which I downloaded from the internet. Surely copyrights don't last as long as 300 years.
Anyway, my objective was to have images ready to embroider so I could practice stitches. Which I did. After embroidering all those ten paintings, I felt like there needed to be some color painted on them since the embroidery looked scanty. After all that huge amount of time spent, these 10 steps wanted to be in a book. See below.
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.