Chinese Thread Book

Monday, November 9, 2020, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST
Level
Intermediate
Presenter
Kathleen Sheridan
Creator(s)
Traditional
Description

Today's Theme: Practical Origami

What can origami be used for? It’s beautiful as art, but can it be used in our daily lives? There are many practical models, from wallets, bowls, or frames to paper lanterns, coasters, and even origami folded/pleated clothing.

Originating in Northern China, the Chinese Thread Book, or zhen xian bao, was traditionally used to store thread, needles, and other embroidery materials. They were constructed of printed cotton and had numerous interlocking compartments (pockets) that could open up and fold down flat.
Today there are many paper versions of this unique, fun, useful model. Kathleen will teach you a classic version. The number of pockets and the variety of structures are endless. Kathleen will also show some of her modifications with hopes to inspire you to create your own unique thread book. The finished piece can be used as it was originally intended or to hold small pictures, treasured items, notes, gift cards, or flat chocolates!

Supplies

Paper: 4 sheets of paper measuring no smaller than 8x8". Kathleen prefers 12x12"/30x30 cm. To make a traditional, yet somewhat delicate thread book, handmade papers such as Lokta, Mulberry, Washi, and Chiyogami work well. Other options: old maps, texts, and musical scores. Anything light in weight is ideal. For a sturdier version, scrapbooking paper works just fine. Coordinating colors and patterns are recommended.

Tools: something to cut papers in half, optional glue, ribbon 30 inches (or 76 cm).