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Weaving Project – Handwoven Paper Wallhanging: aa123000

These paper wall hangings were woven using left over Christmas wrapping paper. This is a great way to recycle used paper.

paper wall hanging

Warp:

8/2 cotton

Length: 3 yards

# ends: 252

Width in reed: 14 inches

Sett: 18 epi

This project makes 2 wall hangings, approximately 30″ in length.

Weaving Draft:

Summer/Winter

Each pattern block is approximately 2 inches in width. (9 repeats)

Weft:

Pattern Shots – Christmas wrapping paper

Using a rotary cutter, I cut the paper into narrow strips approximately 3/8 inch wide x 24″ long.

8/2 Cotton

Use for the Tabby shots.

 

Edge:

Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to start.

Using the summer/winter drawdown, weave the tabby picks with the 8/2 cotton.

For the pattern picks, lay a strip of the cut paper in the open shed. Close the shed and beat gently.

Weave the next tabby shot with the 8/2 cotton, and beat firmly.

Continue weaving, alternating with the 8/2 cotton and the paper. The Summer/Winter draft is very versatile and you can make the coloured blocks any size you wish. Use the coloured paper as a design element and experiment with the placement of the design for different colour and weave effects. Continue weaving for 30″. Weave 2 inches of tabby with the 8/2 cotton to complete the other edge of the wall hanging.

Finishing:

Cut the project off the loom and zig zag stitch the edges before cutting the 2 wall hangings apart. Fold over the edges and sew a straight seam to hem finish the edges.

Weaving Projects

Hemp Rep Placemats
Paper Yarn Weaving
Japanese Paper Yarn Weaving

Christmas Craft Projects

Christmas Stocking Motifs
ABC Knitting Motif
Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Felt making
Christmas Crochet
Christmas Beading
Christmas Knitting

Weaving Books: Projects

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material.
UK: Weaving Made Easy

The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric.
UK: Weavers Idea Book

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Japanese Paper Weaving: aa122000

Washi
Washi, Japanese paper is traditionally made of the inner bark of 3 plants, Kozo (paper mulberry) Mitsumata and Gampi. The bark is cleaned, pounded and added to a liquid solution with tororo-aoi (fermented hibiscus root) to produce paste-like mix. The paste is spread onto a bamboo mesh screen to form a paper sheet.

You Tube – Japanese Papermaking, Tosa Washi

Shifu Cloth

In Japan, Washi paper is cut into thin strips, twisted and woven to make a cloth called Shifu. The Washi paper is treated with a starch of Konnyaku (devil’s tongue root), crumpled and cut into thin strips and twisted into yarn. The paper thread is used as weft, and the warp is usually of silk, cotton, or hemp. The resulting paper fabric becomes more pliable with use and is also strong enough to withstand washing.

Saganishiki

Saganishiki (Saga brocade) is another type of Japanese paper cloth. The Washi paper is the warp. It is cut into thin strips and the weft yarn (silk, cotton or hemp) is woven in a twill pattern. Often the paper is decorated with gold dust or gold leaf designs.

Saga Nishiki History

Tradition says that at the end of the Edo Era, Princess Kashioka thought of the idea of Saga Nishiki as she was ill and admiring the design of the ceiling patterns. She ordered her attendant to create some other uses for this type of weaving. The weaving was done by the ladies of the castle. The art was later revived by a politician, Shigenobu Okuma and exhibited at an Exposition in London in 1910.

Saga Nishiki Process

The making Saga Nishiki is explained, with pictures of the weaving process.

Saganishi Workshop

Paper Wall Hanging

Paper Yarn Weaving at Convergence 2002

Making Paper with Polypores

Papermaking Books

Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools, Techniques
Every aspect of papermaking is explained in depth, including cultivation of paper mulberry in the West, weaving the flexible mold surface (su), and evaluation of the finished paper.

Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds
Basic papermaking techniques, laid out in illustrated step-by-step instructions, make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic papers from such common plants as hosta, milkweed, and thistledown, as well as the more unusual pineapple, yucca, and seaweed.

The Papermaker’s Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper
Included are extensive step-by-step instructions on processing pulp, building papermaking equipment, and making paper-based projects like cards, lamp shades, and sculpture.

The Complete Book of Papermaking

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