I've been curious about the terms paper yarn and paper string recently. This beautiful River Aurora necklace piqued my interest, so an investigation was in order. Soon I came upon a treasure trove of supplies and information...
Vienna's Linda Thalmann creates captivating jewelry pieces that feature the fine, industrially spun paper yarns available from her Etsy shop, PaperPhine.
Trained as a textile artist and textile designer, Linda enjoys experimenting with paper yarns, both the industrial, cellulose (wood pulp) variety, and those she sometimes makes by hand from long fiber Japanese and Korean Washi, Nepalese Lokta paper, as well as Western industrial papers (newsprint).
Linda says ever since receiving the book, "Paper: Making, Decorating, Designing" by Beata Thackeray when she was a young girl, she's been hooked on paper.
She opened PaperPhine as a resource for those who are interested in trying their hand at creating unusual, eye-catching things from simple paper yarn. It's surprisingly strong and takes dye beautifully.
I think you'll enjoy this interview with Linda by Stacey Trock of Fresh Stitching. Stacey crocheted a flower necklace of yarn from the PaperPhine shop, showing just how versatile the product can be. Not only is her necklace pretty, but it's so very different from Linda's contemporary pieces.
Visit PaperPhine where Linda blogs about her own work, as well as other fascinating paper finds.