Hemp thread making

My small workshops of kudzu thread/cloth making started last May.
I met many new people through the workshops during the summer.
There were also several friends visited me and they had a sort of retreat with plant material on my property.

For people who missed the kudzu class last time, I will plan another occasion some time in the future.

Now, I am scheduling upcoming classes of hemp thread making.
We cannot process fresh hemp stems here, so we will start dealing with cleaned hemp fiber.
I am not focusing “how to” make this and that. I would like my classes more educational.
In another word, this is a “finger-gym” class. The class is for building your finger muscles and improving the flexibility of your finger movement.

As well as other plant fiber, Hemp can look and feel very differently, depending on the fiber processing method.
If you have already an fixed idea for “hemp cloth”, this workshop would make you discover a new aspect of it.
So, let’s take a closer look at hemp fiber.

We will practice a couple of splicing techniques, then, of course, weaving a sampler with your own thread.

I made four steps for the entire program.
Step 1: familiarizing hemp fiber which is irritatingly sticky(?), learning the first splicing technique.

Step 2: Learning other variations of splicing technique.

Step 3: Starching the thread.

Step 4: Weaving your sampler.

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Step 1 class
Saturday, September 15

Step 2 class
Saturday, September 22

Step 3 class
Saturday, September 29

Step 4 class
Saturday, October 13

Time: 2:00 p.m. ~ 4:00 p.m.
Class cost: $40(material included) for each class
Contact: mari@ryukyutextile.com
*Please pay $20 to keep your place. No refund when you cancel your participation on the day of the class.

Hemp classes will repeat the cycle after October, on Saturdays.
However, the studio is closed on September 8 and October 6.
Once you take step 1, on September 15, you can come to the class on September 29 or on October 13, to practice the splicing technique. In this case, your schedule will be stretched out till November.

I hope to see you soon!

This class is finished. Some images from the classes including student’s pieces were published on Facebook page “Ryukyu Textile”.
Thank you!