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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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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!
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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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 conditionPublished on March 5, 2014 by Maria Saenz
this is an older book with a new cover. not honest. Sarah is no longer with us, but this was the right thing for the publishers to do.Published on November 19, 2012 by Phillippa K. Lack