Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Paper Yarn

The Journal, Spring 2012
We were really excited to see the latest cover of The Journal magazine.  Belinda Rose's colourful and innovative three dimensional weavings shows the versatility of these paper yarns.

Allison took this image (below) of the George Weil corded paper yarns in 2005.  It shows how the ends have been untwisted.  In this cover image featuring Belinda's weaving, the yarn has been untwisted at intervals along its length. 

Paper yarn can be dyed to any colour using Procion MX dyes or coloured using fabric paints such as Jacquard Dye-na-Flow

Corded & Shifu paper yarn
The ends of the corded yarn untwisted
The image above left, shows two samples of paper yarn. The sample on the left shows a corded yarn which means the paper has been twisted (or spun) to create a very strong yarn.  The corded paper yarn needs to be dampened with water to make it flexible enough for weaving or knitting. The sample on the right is Shifu paper. Shifu or folded paper yarn is very flexible but not as strong as the corded yarn.

Paper yarn knitted

Paper yarn woven

The image above shows examples of paper yarn knitted.  The white knitting is the fine loosely spun yarn and was knitted using large knitting needles, the brown knitting was created using a folded yarn. The image above right shows a woven folded yarn.  The fabric is very flexible and ideal for making hats and bags.  The image right shows the corded paper yarn woven into a braid.

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