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May Meeting: Shifu - Japanese Paper Spinning

Posted by on May 5, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Join us on Thursday May 28th for a presentation by Adele Harvey on Shifu - Japanese Paper Spinning.

Shifu—Japanese paper spinning:

In this presentation I will discuss the history of shifu and show examples of spun paper as well as items woven with spun paper. I will demonstrate the preparation and the spinning of paper. I will have handouts and samples of Japanese paper suitable for spinning. Please bring a lightweight drop spindle and/or a manual bobbin winder.

Biography of Adele Peterdi Harvey


My interest in textiles and fiber began in childhood. I learned to knit at age 5 and spent many hours knitting doll sweaters as well as sewing doll clothes. When I became a teenager I made many of my own clothes. Around age 20 I became fascinated by how fabric is made and learned to weave. Weaving became a very important part of my life. It has many things that appeal to me: planning, meticulousness, logic, math, textures, patterns and colors. I am an unfocussed weaver: in other words, I will try anything related to weaving.


I live in Lincoln, Massachusetts in the winter and Bethel, Maine in the summer. My family of two sons, their wives and five grandchildren live close by. My eight year old granddaughter shows interest in weaving as well as considerable ability. I hope that a family tradition is being established.


-addition to Adele’s bio: Elizabeth Lang-Harris


Adele is really an exceptional woman. She is a superb knitter, and has taught advanced knitting classses for many years. She also weaves (and was Dean of the Weavers’ Guild from 1986 to 1988, spins, makes jewelry, and does beautiful needlework. She is active in several weavers’ guilds, and HGA. Her writing and editing skills have greatly improved the Weavers’ Guild of Boston monograph series. And she is an innovative cook – ask her for her recipe for Thanksgiving turkey roasted in a paper bag!



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