Now a 2-day Virtual Workshop!
The art of making paper thread and using it to weave cloth dates back to 7th-century Japan. During this class students will prepare papers to make kami-ito, or paper thread. We will use a few different methods in spinning the thread by hand and finish by learning to spin on a drop spindle. Finally we will weave a small piece of cloth using our hand spun thread, this cloth is known as shifu. Paper thread can be used in knitting, weaving, crochet and book binding.
Note: Registration closes March 17, 2021 to allow time for the packaging and mailing of the materials kit. This kit will include: Mulberry paper, a small metal ruler, a small piece of cardboard, drop spindle, a needle, and warp thread (enough for the small project). With registration, students will receive an additional list of needed supplies, as well as a quick 1-page "how-to" on downloading and using the Zoom video app.
PLEASE NOTE: All workshops will be recorded for Pyramid Atlantic's private use to better optimize our programming and share as examples for funders. You may mute your microphone or turn off your camera if you do not wish to be recorded.
Spinning Paper Thread Online; Mar 27-28; 10am-1pm
- Date & Time: 2-day workshop: Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28, 10am-1pm EST via Zoom (invitation link will be sent to registrants before the event)
- Instructor: Saaraliisa Ylitalo
- Materials: Registration includes a $45 materials fee to cover the safe handling, packaging, and mailing of the class materials kit (see list in the class description for details).
Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:
- X-acto knife with sharp blade
- Self-healing cutting mat or heavy cardboard
- An old towel or two
- Spray bottle for water
- Pencil with sharp point
- Tapestry needle with a large eye
- Additional ruler with centimeters and inches
- Jeans (wearing old jeans for part of this is useful!)