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Silk Paper: A Guide To Making It And Using It In Textile Art Paperback – October 24, 2008


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books; 1St Edition edition (October 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sarah Lawrence has been working with textiles for many years, and is an accomplished felt maker. She is passionate about the combination of texture and color and is an accomplished teacher of textile arts having taught in multiple countries with her work displayed in Europe, US, Canada and Australia. Her work can be seen at www.sarah-lawrence.com.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Fregia on December 15, 2010
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The strength of Sarah Lawrence's book Silk Paper - A Guide to Making It and Using It in Textile Art is the eye candy and gorgeous things that have been made with silk paper.

I initially gave this book four stars, but after a second reading, I upped it to five. There is how-to information here that I have not seen in any other of the books (5?) I own on the subject of making and using silk paper.

The only thing bad I have to say about it is that the brief information on Procion dyeing of silk fiber is just plain wrong. The author states that she doesn't use Procion dyes, which is fine, but it is obvious that she has not paid even a cursory visit to websites of dye purveyors (Pro Chemical & Dye or Dharma, for example) to learn how they are successfully used by home dyers for silk. So, do your own research for dyeing decisions, then get past it to the good stuff.

There are usable instructions and lots of close-up pictures of beautifully colored, imaginative uses of silk papers - stitched, beaded, cut, cast - which will make you want to grab your supplies and get to work immediately! Just be careful not to drool on the book and your lovely projects!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dreamfisher on May 16, 2013
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I came across a comment in another book, about using Silk Paper as a material for mixed media and textile work, and ordered this book as a reference. To begin with, it is a beautiful book, with carefully chosen samples of process and of the finished works. Even though it is classified as "crafts", the author surely has the hand and eye of a fine artist. I liked this book above others I previewed because it includes an extensive description of the many types of raw silk fibers, and all of their particular qualities: ie: gummy in the name refers to silk that still contains a natural gun called sericin, and therefore will require a certain type of handling.

There is a brief section on the dying of the fibers ahead of the fusion, or felting process. The author then goes on to describe in detail, four different methods that result in a fused paper-like fiber. The Ironing Method, which uses sprayed moisture and heat from an iron; The Medium Method, which uses the addition of an liquid adhesive; The Stitched Method, which employs free-motion embroidery and water-soluble film; and the fourth, which is a Weaving with Rods and Cocoons process.

I love working with paper for collage and other mixed-media works, and I love handling fabric and fibers. Being exposed to this technique of integrating materials is fascinating to me and promises to send my art in New Directions.
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By Maria Saenz on March 5, 2014
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I ordered a copy for my friend, it was such a great book, I ordered a copy for me and both arrived on time and in perfect condition
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Lots of ideas and good techniques for using silk in a new and exciting way. Good examples of the various techniques
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