Saturday, January 19, 2013

At last!

To placate my hands (this week has been a bust), I made mini plaited paper baskets. They're on top of a piece I did a week or two ago with Morgan hanji and Melissa paper, both using kozo. The scraps from both baskets are inside the left one.
Hisako's book has been a revelation. From page one, it was like meeting a kindred spirit, only she had done all the hard work to make things easier for all of us. This is the kind of book that I could imagine, but would never make myself, because it's VERY hard. Why the star?
LOOK!!! I must have known there was a reason that I never ever made these diagrams myself for cording paper. Why reinvent the wheel? Her instructions, though, make me want to go back to the drawing board to see if I have been separating steps all along. But what I absolutely love are these dotted lines, so you can imagine how the strands feel between your hands. Even when I teach, I mention x-ray vision, the V in between that we can't see, and wish that all of our right hands were transparent. VERY happy to have found this before this year's teaching season. Thank you, Velma!!

5 comments:

  1. Oh, mine wasn't hanji, it was just wonky kozo (b/c of the screen I am using). This post made me buy that book, though! Thanks.

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  2. sorry, i meant to say something closer to hanji-ish! thanks for the correction. it was still fun, wonkiness and all (and the rest of that piece is in a teaching sample book).

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  3. onesmallstitch2:24 AM

    thank you Aimee, thank you Velma, I've ordered the book. lovely little baskets, I'd love to watch your fingers at work.

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  4. this book is perfect, from someone who read and used a lot of basketry books once upon a time. and jean, she has magic fingers. but so do you AND melissa!

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  5. these are just adorable.... and diagrams with hands make my fingers itch with desire... I keep telling myself *one day* I'll get the chance to try all this deliciousness

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