I’m excited to share with you that my next book, KAMI-ITO: JAPANESE PAPER YARN and BEYOND will be released in early 2024 by Schiffer Publishing!
If you’ve never heard of kami-ito – and especially if you’re an artist, crafter or a lover of art and craft – you will be THRILLED to read this book! Filled with photos of art created by long-time paper-based artists, and 12 How-To projects for knitters, weavers, crochet aficionados, quillers, and even those who just like to create, you’ll learn the origins of this ancient technique and how to use it in your own work and play.
Kami-ito refers to yarn made out of handmade Japanese paper, or washi. In the distant past, such yarn was used to make garments, or shifu. A sheet of paper was cut into very narrow strips, zigzagging back and forth across the sheet to create a single long strip, which was then spun into paper yarn. To make cloth, these papers were woven, either as the warp or weft or both.