Find time. Be Happy.

Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive. 
 

Precisely one year ago today, I wrote about taking a class with master paper making artist,  Aimee Lee here

Now one year later...I find myself at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland once again. This time attend a workshop co-taught by Velma Bolyard and Aimee Lee. We made paper and plunged into learning a host of ways to use handmade paper including spinning it, making cords, making twine, and weaving. We also did a bit of natural dying using Japanese-harvested fermented persimmon, black walnut and made a fresh indigo leaf vat that produced a lovely gentle color.

Many thanks to Velma and Aimee for creating a stellar learning environment for us and teaching the art of using handmade paper.

Some of my paper and a piece of antique paper that I spun into string.

Just a view images of Velma's work and a book by Hiroko Karuno which explains how to spin paper and make string.

The bonus for me was to be with friends LottaJenniferDiana Angus and several other super-skilled artists.

I feel happy and want to continue to spin paper to make string so I can weave and stitch with it. 

Haza!

Items Aimee has made by making paper, cording it, then twining to make baskets and other useful items. 

 

To see additional workshop images, take a stroll over to Jennifer's blog she has made posts about our class here, here, here and here.

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Thank you for visiting, dear sisters and brothers in stitch.