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.
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DANK an die FESCHmädels!
The past few months have been quite a crazy blur here in the studio but after removing 13 tons of demolition waste, using a total of 180kg of paint and becoming honorable VIP-buyers at the local hardware store it’s finished: our new studio.
Currently we’re putting finishing touches to the new studio and start to pack boxes in the old studio… lots and lots of boxes. Before everything is packed it’s your chance to grab a piece or two at our BIG MOVING SALE: use coupon code MOVENOW in our shop and in our Etsy shop for 20% off your entire order.
First come, first serve – if there is something you can’t find in the shops, please drop us a line and we’ll see if we can’t find it for your in our moving chaos.
Sale runs until April 6, 2014 (midnight). Coupon code can not be combined with any other discounts or copon codes.
Spring is in the air – look at the styling of our paper twine knit baskets in the new edition of the German “zuhause wohnen” magazine! Beautiful, isn’t it?
Thanks a lot to the team who put together this special on knitting and crafts!
In case you’re wondering: the baskets are shown in light smaragd (small basket), white-teal (big basket with flower inside) and white-grayblue (medium basket). All are available as DIY kits in on Etsy and in our online store.
Finally we’ve put it together and translated every last detail: the pattern / tutorial for our paper twine knit baskets is now available in English as an instant download on Etsy.
The tutorial includes:
- step-by-step knitting instructions (in b/w so they’re easy to print out)
- how to join torn paper twines invisibly
- a guide on knitting looms and basket sizes
- extensive care instructions
- paper twine recommendations
- a guide on additional treatments for knitted paper twine pieces
WOW! So get your hands on a knitting looms and a copy of our pattern and knit happily ever after!