Thread making

June 19, 2018

On May 26th, I gave my fist workshop at my studio.

I was ready to give it with no one but me.

Good news was, two friends signed up.

One was a weaver friend in the area and the other came all the way from the Bay Area.

Our focus was kudzu fiber.

Kudzu plant is a vine that grows now in the south east United States.

I heard that kudzu was originally  imported from Japan but has since become an invasive species in some areas.

The plan was to make our own kudzu thread and then weave a sampler by our own thread.

We started at 1:30 p.m. looking through the materials in the studio.  “Looking through” means that the students handled the different fibers and began the process of understanding the nature of the material.

After that, we began to make the kudzu threads, connecting each strip of fibers with kudzu knots.

The both students finished the thread making at the same time, but I had prepared only one floor loom(oops!).
Also, I underestimated the working time.  It was past 4:00 p.m. when the first student finished weaving.

Those are the issues to be solved for the next time.



The friend from the Bay Area planned to stay at my house for the weekend, so she could collect extra materials from my yard to add to her sampler. She wove and finished her kudzu project with no rush and could also enjoy the nature around my studio.


The next workshop will be on Saturday, June 30th.

We will meet at Ryukyu Textile Studio

19120 Dorffi Road, Fort Bragg, CA

1:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Participation: $30 + $5(material)

Kudzu fiber is the material we will work with.

I am rushing to finish my project on the other loom, so that we can have a second loom.

I was asking three students, and the class is full, now!

Thank you very much for your interest.

For July and August, I will continue more workshops…..