Thursday, 1 May 2008

Day 2:The Making of the Paper

Pull out the silk fibres and lay them on a suitable mesh Use a spray bottle (old antibacterial cleaner for example) to spray with adhesive. You can use cellulose paste for a soft water soluble finish, or dilute pva for a more enduring finish.
Fold mesh over on top of the fibres


Rub with spoon to push the glue into the fibres. It must be wet right through. Of course I used my best soupspoon for blog purposes ..couldn't be bothered going upstairs to find bag of old spoons.You might need to turn it over and add more glue.

Finished piece can be lifted off the mesh and left to dry. If you want a straight edge fold the wispy bits in while its wet.






Use different types of silk and soya fibres for different textures.

All the pale greens..looks a bit like cabbage in the photo but its very nice..honestly and makes a lovely base for machine embroidery.





11 comments:

Maureen said...

Well I've always thought it must be really complicated but you make it look wonderfully simple - a good tutorial - maureen x

Sue B said...

nice tutorial Jackie, I like those shades of green.

jeanette mistress of longears said...

Absolutely lovely!! I swear you inspire me to retire and start playing with fabric art!

maggik said...

Hey - thanks for that, Jackie. Hope you're going to do more of these. I'm looking forward to reading your blog on a regular basis.

Helen (hmsdesign) said...

Love the new blog - I am sure there are lots of us out here! And I love the colours of the green silk paper - much nicer than cabbage (and I like cabbage)!

arlee said...

I had no idea it was that simple! Thanks!

Jackie said...

Well it has to be simple if I'm doing it!
Thanks for your comments my dears.

Tenar said...

Thanks for posting this, the instructions look like this is easier than I always thought. Maybe I'll get round to trying it one day. The other things in your blog look so great!

Birds of a Feather said...

Thanks for the tut, Jackie. Are you just using one layer of roving? The other tutorials I've seen, tell you to use multiple layers in different directions. One layer,vertical, the next, horizontal, the next vertical, etc. (I can't remember if they say 3 or 5 layers). - Anne Marie

Jackie said...

Hi Anne-Marie..I can only reply here so can you let me know if you get it?
I use one layer all in the same direction. If there are thin patches or holes I add a bit more! If I wanted it really thick I'd add more. It doesn't really matter as its the adhesive that holds it together, not like wool felt where it supports itself.

Jennie Atkinson said...

Wonderful tutorial Jackie! I just want to give it a go!



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