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threads of paper:
intro to kami-ito  


An in-person class to learn the basics of making kami-ito / paper thread. Intimate classes of 3-4 people over 2 sessions.


Students will learn the traditional Japanese method of turning washi / Japanese paper into beautiful thread. This process is not only a delight for the senses, but also the heart and mind - creating pockets of space for presence and thoughtfulness. 

Each student will begin with Japanese kozo paper and turn it into medium or fine paper thread. The process involves several steps: folding, cutting, rolling, separating, spinning, and finishing.


Kami-ito has traditionally been used to create shifu, a woven paper cloth, and we will discuss the potential of using this thread to do so. Apart from shifu, paper thread can also be used in a multitude of ways including dyeing, creating other woven forms, cord making, knitting, and crochet. It is stronger than one would think and has a lovely and unique texture. 

Students will leave with a thorough how-to booklet of the process, some finished thread, and a deeper appreciation for this Japanese art form.

Cost: $300

Location: Studio 204 - 1000 Parker St, Vancouver BC

Upcoming Dates:



Students will be provided with 1 large sheet of washi, a beautiful instructional booklet, and will have in-studio access to most other needed supplies.

Students need to bring their own:

Heavy paper weight or stone

Wide mouthed basket or bowl (at least 12" diameter)

Glass mason jar 16-32oz (that can withstand boiling water)

Kitchen towel

Please note that in order to continue practicing this craft on your own, you will need to purchase your own spinning tool (we will be using box charkhas in the class).

There will be a half hour break during the second session - please bring your own lunch or snacks.


Class will only run with full registration (3-4 people).


If you cannot make the class, please notify me as soon as possible. No refunds unless your spot can be filled. You will still be provided with your take home materials.

photo by Aily Nishioka
photo by Aily Nishioka
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