T1-MMT-P5 Lissa de Sailles basketry workshop

The subtitle for this workshop was Korean hanji paper coiled baskets and it was at a lovely venue in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Step one was making our cord from strips of hanji paper. Pinch at the right points, a deft twist of the wrist – and you have two ply cord! A tiny amount of cord, but repeat many times and you’ll eventually have a metre or two.

We used waxed linen thread and tried a couple of different stitches to make our baskets.

Class results:

Lissa de Sailles class group photo

Lissa de Sailles class group photo

Quite a variety of lovely small objects.

Lissa de Sailles class 1This is my finished piece – all of 3.4 cm high. The little bobbles on the side were my innovation (in the class – I’m sure I’ve seen such things in the past). This one used buttonhole stitch.

Lissa de Sailles class 2My second piece remains unfinished. This used a whip stitch to create a spiral effect, and I started used a second colour hoping to accentuate the spiral.

A very pleasant day, learning with companionable people in lovely surrounds (my vessel collection could look great photographed in the succulent garden).

spinning carrier bags

spinning carrier bags

For me the big takeaway is the paper cord making. Recently I’ve been paper spinning using drop spindles.

Carrier bags were do-able, if rather large and uneven.

spinning carrier bag and newspaperNewspaper I just couldn’t manage. I tried on its own and a kind of ply with carrier bag, hoping to gain a bit of strength, and it was just nasty. Unusable.

Results using the deft wrist method (I don’t know a formal name for the technique):
spun newspaperEasy. Strong and even (maybe even too even for some applications). I think you can still tell the yarn’s origins.

I have no immediate purpose for this. The original drop spindle work was more avoidance / brain recovery in the final push for the OCA course. Still, I am convinced this is going to Come In Handy.

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Lissa de Sailles basketry workshop
T1-MMT-P5 Lissa de Sailles basketry workshop

8 Responses to “T1-MMT-P5 Lissa de Sailles basketry workshop”


  1. 1 Nola March 20, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Lovely vessels! And I actually like the idea of using newsprint – it has conceptual possibilities, if you want your work to speak in that way.

    • 2 fibresofbeing March 20, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Yes, incredible variety among the group. It’s always amazing how individuality shows, despite starting with “kit” materials. I think there are a lot of themes that could be explored using this technique – recycling or waste, current affairs, basically anything you want to write or draw on some paper… plus I’m convinced the basic yarn-making technique could be applied to many different materials.

  2. 3 JulieB March 23, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Interesting, Judy. I really got into spinning with a drop spindle in the Yarn section of ATV I’ve just completed. I didn’t get on with plastics but papers seem endlessly versatile. Also did quite a lot with recycled fibres from shredding old fabric and re-spinning it into new form. As you say, great for exploring a whole range of themes and cost effective too.


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