Friday, May 24, 2013

Preparations for tomorrow's paper weaving workshop continue

I've been working all week to make new examples of paper weaving.  A few photos of the process:

I used several photos taken here at the Center as both warp and weft for this piece.  I'm using a bamboo skewer to help pick up and hold the selected warps until the paper strip can be slipped into place.  I cut both the warp and weft strips in different sizes to make the image a bit more interesting.  The weave is simple plain weave.

In the next example, I scanned the weaving above, enlarged it and used that for a new print.  The warp strips were cut in an eccentric way for the next version.

Here's the finished weaving before trimming up the edges.

One of my favorite ways to do plain weave is with a method called "log cabin"-- I use this quite a bit when I weave with yarn, too.  Even simple plain weave can appear so complicated when done in log cabin:

I have a few more things to do today before I'll feel that I've gotten all the preparation work completed. I'm in the Common Room now where we'll have the class... here's one of our work stations--the table holding the assortment of papers and the important tools of scissors, x-acto knives and rulers:

And, yes, I have used paper weaving as a designing tool for tapestry in the past.  Here's a piece from several years ago.  

1 comment:

  1. That looks like too much fun. I know you will have a good time teaching this. I also adore your tapestry done with one of your examples.