Paper Connection International - Itajime Handmade Paper Giveaway

 Congratulations to Kris Koch - giveaway winner!

Indigo shibori is very popular in the design world... perhaps you've seen the fabric dying technique featured on blogs recently. Another Japanese time-honored tradition uses folding and binding with clamps to create precise patterns. The method is called itajime (also orizome), which gives a beautiful effect when applied to sheets of handmade washi paper.

PCI Itajime Papers

Lauren Sugita, - aka Paperwoman - the owner of Paper Connection International, a Rhode Island importer of specialty papers from countries around the world, is offering a giveaway of the vintage itajime sheets you see pictured above, valued at $100, along with a discount code to use for shop purchases. This line of itajime papers is only available through Paper Connection International.

They were made in classic rectangular itajime style: a large sheet is folded into a single rectangle and the corners are dipped in gorgeous, natural pigments. When unfolded and hung to dry, interesting patterns and beautiful shapes appear throughout the entire sheet. The results of shibori and itajime may even remind you of Rorshach test images.

Itajime paper is often used in collage, such as shading when "painting" with paper. Japanese chigiri-e is the art of torn paper collage, which can appear like a paper painting. Visit Paperwoman's blog to read more about chigiri-e.

Lokta Paper

Besides a variety of decorative papers in many textures, colors and patterns, you'll find all sorts of special paper packs, origami paper, brushes, journals, note cards and calendars at Paper Connection. The warehouse contains more than 3000 items!

Patterned Papers

Paper Connection employees are experts in all things paper and can readily answer your questions about handmade and machine made sheets. PCI is known for its personal and dependable customer service. The staff welcomes scheduled visits to the showroom and warehouse, whether an individual, group or class.

Fibrous Papers

Paper Connection is always adding papers and products to the webshop so check back often. Browse via the Paper Connection catalog. To keep up with newly added items, follow Paperwoman @lauren.pearlman on Instagram and/or Paper Connection International on Facebook.

Japanese Paper

Now about the itajime giveaway! Paper Connection will be sending nine generously-sized handmade sheets (25 x 37 inches) of hand folded and dyed vintage washi collected via Paperwoman's many travels to one person with a U.S. mailing address.

To enter, comment on this post and/or follow the easy-entry steps on the Instagram giveaway photo. Note that Blogger does not allow me to see the email address you type into the form with your name, so you will also need to include an email address in your comment. Type it like this: janedoe at gmail dot com, if you are concerned about spam.

Paper Connection International Itajime Papers

The giveaway will close at the end of Saturday, November 5. A winner will be chosen by a random number generator and announced at the top of this post and on the Instagram giveaway photo as soon as she or he has been contacted.

One more good thing! Paper Connection has set up a discount code for their webshop. It is 10% off; one time use only. Use code: PCI10. The discount applies to everything except swatchbooks and shipping/handling.


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Comments

  1. These are gorgeous papers!! I would love to have some for origami and making cards. Thank you!!

    Michelle

    michellenoel@outlook.com

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  2. What gorgeous paper! maryannfortunato at gmail dot com

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love some of these papers to use for some experimental embroidery!

    carolsylvester @ frontiernet.net

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  4. This paper would be wonderful to use in paper collage painting. Thank you, laurietroon at gmail dot com.

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  5. Beautiful paper. I see uses for bookbinding, journal making and so much more.
    ksukeena at yahoo dot com

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  6. These papers are gorgeous! Thanks for a chance to win some. Anne at icinganne at yahoo dot com.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful!
    So many options to utilize them.

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  8. Wow! I have never seen such beautiful papers. giveawayjean at gmail dot com

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  9. I would love to win these gorgeous papers!

    Cathy

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  10. OH MY GOODNESS! This paper makes my heart sing! How lovely! Would be ecstatic to win it! Thanks for the chance to!!! macaskillbarbara @ yahoo .com

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  11. Gorgeous. Would love some to play with. stoneycreekarts at gmail dot com

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  12. Wow, I have just started using paper in my jewelry making and these would be a great addition. Thanks.

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  13. wow. beautiful papers. jeannie.hunt at gmail dot com

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  14. I love collecting beautiful papers such as these. jolea dot 1994 at gmail dot com

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  15. such a generous offer........papers are beautiful.

    thank you

    Kathy S.....

    k s eightsixfive at attdotnet

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  16. I love all this paper! So beautiful!
    Emily47 @ aol . com

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  17. Count me in!
    Maggie MacLellan
    MacLellan Sculpture at yahoo .com
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  18. I've been to their warehouse and they have a stunning collection of papers. Wish I could afford to buy one of everything there!!! This batch is lovely.
    TornPaperPaintings @ yahoo.com

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  19. Wow, what a generous give-away! I would love these since I use handmade papers for cardmaking, collages, and bookmaking.

    My email address is: grace.ej.song at gmail dot com!

    Thank you :-)

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  20. Really beautiful papers! bev dot frey at alaska dot edu

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  21. Love it! kriskoch at charter dot net

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  22. Another awesome giveaway! Fjionna at gmail dot com

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  23. Oh my goodness! What wonderful papers! Would love to see what I could do with these! Thank you for the chance!

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  24. Wow, such luscious pattern and colors! I would love to use these in collage projects.
    sylviariveland at gmail dot com

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  25. Beautifully made papers. Perfect for those special projects. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

    lunalayercakemall at yahoo dot com

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  26. Love this paper. Just imagine all the gorgeous origami you could make with it.

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  27. Forgot to give you my email:
    pixiedustcentral@gmail.com

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  28. Gorgeous papers. The texture looks amazing!
    Kitkabbit at gmail dot com

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  29. I make handmade art greeting cards that are carried in high-end stationery stores, galleries and department stores, and would be thrilled to add to my collection. Heading over to shop through their catalog now. Thanks for the opportunity. acdennis6 at yahoo dot com.

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  30. So many amazing papers! Need some for my books! melissa at mcaudlephotoart dot com

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  31. Lovely paper. I've been collecting papers for over 30 years in anticipation of using them in my retirement. I am now retired and am havine a glorious time making cards, art and multimedia. What fun it would be to have these papers!

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  32. I would LOVE to win these for my children's book illustrations! Pj at pjlyons dot com

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  33. Awesome paper and wonderful giveaway. Thank you for a chance to win these to make my cards very special.
    anneke dot schep 65 at gmail dot com

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  34. Would love to receive this gorgeous paper to play with.

    1957butterflypurple gmail dot com

    Dorthy

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  35. LOVE the paper. What a treat. Thanks for the give away.
    sharon sams - ssams1212@gmail.com

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  36. What gorgeous papers!

    tryllyam at yahoo.com

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  37. These are perfect ! A paper addict since childhood, I am always excited to discover " new" papers for crafting and collecting. I would love these in my stash!! Plumcottag@aol.com

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  38. Oh, I want to make joomchi out of this paper.

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  39. Wow! Amazing paper! Love the handmade patterns. Let me know if I won: angela5 at hotmail dot com.

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  40. Stunning papers. It always surprises me how one piece of paper can be manipulated in so many different ways. So many creative possibilities.

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  41. So true, Nicki. I'm constantly amazed by what I see people do with paper.

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  42. Yes Chigiri-e is a natural paper created using washi paper for the realistic images. Including this I found some more information about ‘Etegami’, ‘Chirimen’ in “Japanese Creations” Hope your readers also love to find this.

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