Bowlmaking samples. 10.7.17


Create a cluster of delicate little paper bowls – you can make several different bowls, choosing from a wide selection of coloured, handmade, textured and patterned papers. You will also be shown how to incorporate decorative items such as lace, threads, and spangles to further enhance your work. The larger paper bowls that you could make are suitable for use as LED tea light holders. All materials and resources are provided for this workshop.


WISTOW GALLERY: Artshed@Wistow, Wistow Gallery, Wistow Rural Centre, Kibworth Road, Wistow, Leicestershire, LE8 0QF. Tel: 0116 2592400.


Delicate Paper Bowl Workshop: Sunday 18th November 2018. 1 – 4pm.


Joy also holds bespoke workshops from her home in Leicestershire. For further information about workshops or talks, please contact Joy Norman.


Papermaking with Joy Norman, by Pat Grant.

I had a wondrous afternoon in early March being shown the rudiments of paper-making at Joy Norman’s home.

A warm welcome awaited and Joy had many examples of her art to see. Large sculptural pieces inlaid with small fossil skeletons and hand coloured, were displayed in Joy’s sitting room. In the large kitchen a massive table was laden with sketch -books and lots of threads, paper and stamps for embossing the paper to be made. Joy had previously boiled up some shredded white copier paper and left it to soak over-night. The resultant pulp is blended into a thick porridge -like substance before being dissolved in a large bowl of water.

The fun then began for me once Joy had shown me the method. Using a fine mesh, and lowering it gently into the water the pulped fibres adhere into a sheet. The sheet was blotted and then I had the option to choose from the bits and pieces on the table to embellish, or inlay. I chose a leaf and a butterfly, and once positioned a heavy print roller is pushed over to embellish the paper with an imprint. Next I chose some silk threads and laid these into further piece of paper. The threads were trapped by dipping the mesh into the pulp once again. Joy told me that if backed with light interfacing the paper can be stitched into.

We rounded off a pleasant experience with a light freshly made sponge cake and tea. Marvellous. Those of you who have issue 91 of’ Stitch’ Magazine , can see an article by Joy on the spreading method of paper-making page 34. Pat Grant

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