Saturday, May 15, 2010

Papermaking Workshop

Tobi Taboada, the Papermaking Diva of Yucca Valley, held a papermaking workshop at her studio on Saturday, April 24. Here are all of us happy papermakers at the end of a long day of papermaking. Sitting, left to right: Tobi, Noreen, and Nan; Standing, Phyllis, me, Bonnie, Cathy, Anne, Jean and Rosemary.

Tobi and her amazing assistant, Kits (who took the above photo) had vats of mulberry, cattail and abaca fiber already prepared for us. So we got to do the fun part, actually forming the sheets and adding materials like lavender and iris flowers.

I made 36 small sheets with the idea of using them for handmade poetry books. Here are some of them. The top, ivory white sheet is the abaca fiber, my favorite. It's soft as a lamb. The remaining sheets are mulberry in different colors. Those bumps in the sheet on the left are lavender (yes, it smells good, too!)