Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Dyeing Paper

Several weeks ago (where have the weeks gone)  I did a natural dyeing of paper, bookmaking and Shifu workshop with Velma Bolyard at Beautiful Silks.  There were 7 of us in the class.
First we wrote/drew on Lokta paper for the Shifu.


Then we drew maps on the Lokta.

Next we used the  Arches text wove paper  and stitched silk or organza on it and scribbled with a graphite pencil.  It was then folded with various leaves, flowers etc and secured with string and large paper clips before putting them into the dye pot.  Here they are being fished out.

Next we unfolded them carefully as paper is liable to tear.

Next the various papers, silk and dyed fabric were made into registers - 

to be sewn together to make a book.