The Fine Line is a
501(c)3 not for
profit organization


Illinois Arts Council

Providing year-around classes in Textiles, Ceramics, Metals, Glass, Painting, Papermaking and other Art Forms.

FAX 630.584.9490

Mon. - Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM
Closed Sundays

Mon. - Thurs. 9 AM - 9 PM
Fri. - Sat. 9 AM - 5 PM


Silk Paper

Guest Artist Workshops


Instructor: Deb Menz

What is silk paper, you ask? It is a non-woven fabric created with silk fibers. The paper can be printed on, painted on, stitched into, sewn together, beaded on and formed. In this workshop, you will learn how to make the paper, dye the silk and use several techniques to embellish and work with the paper.

The first day you will be dyeing some of the fiber, and then making the paper. While the paper is drying, you will learn ways to embellish and use the paper such as embroidering on, printing on, forming the paper, sewing and assembling, and adding beads to the fabric.

On day 2 you will use the paper you made the day before and choose to do some of several projects; cover a box with the silk, cover a journal with the silk, make a box, stitch and bead onto the fabric, create art objects to practical objects such as book marks. Your imagination is the limit. Silk paper can also be incorporated into collages and multi-media work, too. No experience needed.

Included in Materials Fee: For each student; a package of undyed silk, a package of dye silk, some silk hankies to dye, bottle of acrylic medium, assorted yarns, ribbons, threads and beads to use, dyes, chemicals, a screen, foam brushes. Assorted wooden boxes to cover, journals to cover, stamps and stencils will also be available to use.

Supplies: Plastic to cover tables, small container to put some water or textile medium in, any sort of threads, yarns, lace, ribbons, or embellishments to put with the paper, scissors, small container to form paper over, sewing machine if you want to sew on the paper.

Location: Kavanagh Bldg. Painting Studio

Days: Friday & Saturday: Apr 16 &17, 2010; 9 AM – 4 PM


Member: $225; Materials Fee $40. . . . . .

Non-Member: $250; Materials Fee $40 . . .