anlässlich der werkschauen 2014 in den
vier werkstätten in München.
Freitag, 10. Oktober: ab 18 Uhr
Samstag: 11. Oktober: 11 – 20 Uhr
Sonntag, 12. Oktober: 12 – 18 Uhr
We’re going to Munich! vier werkstätten’s Karin Traxler invited us to participate in her special exhibition “paper” that will be presented as part of this year’s werkschauen.
During the werkschauen artisans and artists open their workshops and shops to the public – a wonderful way to meet the makers with a lot of additional programm going on. The whole programm can be found here (in German).
See you at the vier werkstätten, Fraunhofer Str. 20, 80469 Munich
Friday, October 10: 6 pm
Saturday, October 11: 11 am – 8 pm
Sunday, October 12: 12 am – 6 pm
As promised a couple of weeks ago we can finally show you the most recent results of our foray into papermaking and bookbinding: two fine, handmade books made of handmade abaca paper incorporating Shifu-type paper yarn.
Handmade Shifu paper yarns made of handmade, Korean hanji paper and Nepalese lokta paper (brown) lie between superthin and tranlucent layers of abaca paper. The covers of the books are bound in handmade abacca paper (white-natural) and Japanese washi paper (pink).
More new Paper Twine Bangles! Like the bangles we showed you on the blog last week these two pieces were made by Linda’s very patient Dad. It seems he is quite addicted and as he says himself he finds the possibilities and possible color combinations fascinating.
These bangles were made by continuous wrapping and finally glueing the paper twines together. The paper twines are stiff enough to keep the form but will still bend and be comfortable to wear. Compated to wire you have the big advantage that the paper twines will bend but will realign themselves and won’t stay “bent” and crooked as metal wire would.
Though there was no real summer this year in Austria a look outside confirms the suspicions: fall is coming! So it’s a good time to think about swapping the bright, summery jewelry (at least the jewelry can be bright even if the weather isn’t) for something a bit earthier – at least from time to time.
These two bangles were made by meticulously wrapping paper twines over found forms and self-built moulds by a very, very patient individual: Linda’s Dad (thanks, Dad!). The individual wrapping were then fixed in place with the help of some glue.
With these two pieces in my ever-expanding jewelry box fall may come!
A recent foray into papermaking and bookbinding: a fine, handmade book with an elegant gray cover and handmade abaca paper incorporating Shifu-type paper yarn.
A handmade, yellow Shifu paper yarn made of handmade, Korean hanji paper lies between two superthin and tranlucent layers of abaca paper (yes, lots of “handmade” in this sentence!).
The sheets of paper were rather oblong in size and we felt it would be nice not to make a regular, rectangular book but a very special size. Therefore the long sheets were folded in an angle and a “flap” was incorporated into the book cover to play with this special format. The gray paper of the cover is a handmade Japanese washi paper brought back from a trip to Amsterdam.
Another stack of special handmade papers with incoporated paper yarn is waiting to be made into a book at the moment – we’ll see how it will turn out!
Find us at Booth 67 – B
Renegade Craft Fair on July 19 & 20 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavillon, San Francisco
Find us at Booth 62 at the Wholesale Soiree on July 18
Our most recent work is a combination of finest merino wool and paper yarns to create felted pieces. Originally Linda started to experiment with felting and paper yarns to make stool cushions for the balcony (evening can still be quite chilly in May)… and then she got slightly carried away by all the possibilities and beautiful surface structures.
The paper yarn is loosely put onto the surface of the prepared wool before the felting process starts. Interestingly the paper yarn does not disappear in the wool but clings to the surface (or rather is hold by many fine wool fibres). Due to the shrinking of the wool during the felting process irregular “patterns” of paper yarn evolve on the surface.
Also interesting to know is that all of these pieces were white initially and dyed only afer being finished with natural (plant) dyes. The plant dyes were specifially mixed together to dye only the animal fibres (wool) and no plant fibres (paper yarn) therefore the paper yarn now forms a white web-like structure on top of the felt.
The felted wool-and-paper-yarn stool cushions are already in use and do not only keep guests warm but also charm with their look and unobtrusive yet distinctive design.
Just a short preview to show you what we’re working with at the moment: wool and paper yarn. Finest merino wool combined with finest paper yarn to make a beautifully soft and and finely textured felt to be exact. More to come after the weekend!
Picture by LYS VINTAGE – a beautiful shop in Hamburg (Germany) that sells mainly Scandinavian design and special finds. Pictured are two of our old bobbins and other small stuff on a String Pocket Shelf.
Picture by Baum-kuchen a dedicated studio and shop in Los Angeles (California). Beautiful flowers hold together by some yellow paper twine.
We’re happy and blessed to be working (and hopefully keep working for many years to come!) with shops around the world. Some of them small, some of them even smaller – but they are all owned and managed by dedicated lovers of all things beautiful, vintage and paper. Thank you!
My little breakfast spot on our huge oaken table for a perfect start into a spring day: flowers, chocolate bunnies (I’m afraid they won’t live much longer) and a hand-knitted paper twine place mat.
The place mat is easy to knit and thanks to the big needles I used it’s also quickly done so it’s fun to make a whole set of them (I only have to convince the boyfriend that a whole set of them is necessary!).
Paper Twine Place Mat – How to knit:
– Circular Knitting Needles
Gauge is not essential to this project nor is needle size.
I used size 9 (EU) / 13 (US) circular needles. A similar size would do as well but circular needles are highly recommended because the paper twine is quite slippery.
– Strong Paper Twine. Depending on the size of the place mat about 80-100m / 90-110 yards.
Cast on 54 stitches (more for a bigger place mat) and work in stockinette stitch – 32 rows will make a nicely sized mat.
Keep the knitting rather loose.
After binding off loosely you have to block your place mat. Or in other words: soak it for a while in water, put it on an an even surface (preferably covered with a towel etc.) and stretch to all sides until you have the desired size. Let dry flat.
Brush off any crumbs or gently shake the place mat. It can also be rinsed and even washed by hand – leave to dry flat as before after each rinsing.