A while back I saw that Beautiful silks in Fitzroy were having a Natural Dye Symposium and that one of the workshops was called Shifu and making miniature books. As I very inerested in things miniature, I enrolled without having investigated what Shifu is. Shifu involves cutting very fine paper, lokta, into strips like a paper lantern, then cutting it to have a continuous strip then spinning this to make a paper thread with which you weave to make Shifu.
A ball of spun paper
My first attempt.
As you can see , my first attempt is not very even due to the fact that paper under strain breaks and I broke several warps. However for a first attempt I thought it not too bad. There were 9 in the class and I am very glad I did it as 2 of the other participants were also tutors at the Symposium. The tutor was Velma Bolyard and this was her first trip to Australia from the USA and the students came from the eastern states of Australia and NZ. We also made miniature book structures including one called a flag book which when you use different cououred papers is eally interesting.
It was a very intense class and most people would baulk at the thought of spinning paper (it takes hours).
Velma had some gorgeous shifu books and one day (?) I hope to have 1 too. I have put a link to her blog in my links.