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Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds

Handmade paper has a unique texture and an individual quality that makes it not only a surface to write or print on, but also an object of beauty. With a small investment in equipment (or the supplies to make it from scratch), a small harvest of backyard weeds or garden plants, and the guidance of papermaking expert Helen Hiebert, anyone can make exquisite papers right in the home kitchen.

Hiebert’s basic papermaking techniques, laid out in illustrated step-by-step instructions, make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic papers from such common plants as hosta, milkweed, and thistledown, as well as the more unusual pineapple, yucca, and seaweed. She describes how to collect, harvest, and process the plant fibers and then create sheets using both Western and Japanese techniques.

Inspired by the community of papermaking artists she is a part of, Hiebert features profiles of papermakers from around the world, highlighting their individual tips and techniques. She also includes project instructions for using handmade paper to create one-of-a-kind cards and envelopes, multi-paneled lampshades, and accordion-fold books. There are also instructions for embellishing techniques such as adding flower petals, creating collages, and dyeing with richly colored walnut shells.

From plant to finished paper, the simple completeness and beauty of Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds will appeal to craftspeople, gardeners, environmentalists, teachers, and anyone who enjoys creating from nature.

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3 comments to Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds

  • chr42

    Inspiration for everyone Helen Hiebers ‘Papermaking with Garden Plants and Common Weeds’ is a richly illustrated guide to papermaking. It takes you through the whole process the making of the tools, to harvesting, treating the fibers, couching paper and using the paper for different projects. There is never just one way of doing things, but a basic instruction and then suggestions for several other ways of doing the same.Helen Hiebert is conscious of safety and points out all things dangerous and risky and how to protect yourself.This book is a joy to read and a great handbook for making paper.

  • Kathy Retired "kathyretired"

    Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds This is one of several books I have by this author. In fact, I’ve ordered pulp from her through a mutual contact. Helen is extremely knowledgable in the art of hand papermaking. She knows her stuff and knows how to put it down on “paper” with explicit and easy to follow instructions. Highly recommend for anyone interested in hand made paper from fiber.

  • D. Yester "wildflowers"

    Informative Book on Different Techniques This book explains in detail a nice history of papermaking and the focus of the book is pimarily plant fiber techniques, which is very educational. But it also describes various art techniques, such as how to do a collage with handmade paper, and using various vegetable fibers, such as carrots for making paper. If you want to learn alot about papermaking and really get into mixing plant fiber and use dyes and different recipes , then you will like this book.

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