Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Finally art starts again, tapestry artist books

I spent the evening thinking about spinning, and spinning up some nice silk and other bits of roving while I planned tomorrow's weaving.

Miniature book, covers 4"×2.5", golden rectangle. The pages will be my handmade paper. Not sure what thread to bind with yet.

I'll warp the loom tomorrow, once I decide which one and which warp thread. At this scale I can work on front and back covers in one warping on a small loom.

They will be tapestries, meaning the weft will completely cover the warp. What I spun tonight will be weft yarn.  The dark yarn is shot through with sparkle, lovely. The light isn't good for pix right now but I'm too excited to wait for daylight.

It's so good to be making again.

And I'm planning on having another try at spinning handmade paper. And other things.


  1. I am intrigued. I'm an old time spinner, but far better with my wheels than a whorl. I've been down some interesting paths; I taught amateur paper makers how to make paper from the cotton lint from weaving. But spinning paper--I have no idea and look forward to your explanation.

  2. I've tried spinning paper a time or two, long strips, lightweight spindle. My skills are, um, rudimentary. But I will try again. I got the idea from Sarah Swett. She also makes exquisite small books, with woven covers. She doesn't make her own paper for the signatures, but she uses handmade paper. The paper she spins is used coffee filters, tough material. I haven't tried them yet. But I fancy using some of my natural dyes on them. Stay tuned.

  3. Spinning paper - well, that's a new take on it (at least to me it is). Spinning is a mystery to me anyway - one of those things I haven't tried.

  4. It's really nice to try. You feel authentic with your spindle, like women going back before recorded history. I have such a sense of peace doing it.


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