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Papermaking W/ Plants [Hardcover]

Helen Hiebert
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As interest in papermaking grows, more and more artist-owned paper mills are springing into existence. This popularity, in turn, has spawned a whole new crowd of papermakers intrigued by the craft's environmental consciousness as well as its history and artistry. Hiebert, who confesses she began papermaking with a blender, includes processes and projects that require no mastery of complicated skills and demand only simple equipment. Most of the space in her book is devoted to techniques, from identifying plants to use (elongated leaves that are hard to tear crosswise are best) to troubleshooting if the pulp remains unappetizing. In addition, Hiebert draws on the expertise of others, showing, for example, how Oregonian Marilyn Wold transformed seaweed into paper. One would only wish for more actual process photographs and fewer illustrations. Barbara Jacobs

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"With her thorough instructions, anyone can make beautiful paper from plants." -- Mindell Dubansky, Book Conservator, Metropolitan Museum of Art

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for making paper from plants May 2 2000
Format:Hardcover
This is a must have book for anyone who wants to make paper from plants. It is packed with information not found elsewhere. The full-color illustrations & step-by-step instructions guide you seamlessly through the papermaking process.
The author starts out by explaining the many kinds of plant fibers and how to find, harvest and store them. All equipment needed is detailed next. Processing the fiber including cooking, beating, and retting is then covered.
Using dyes & additives as well as making your own is also discussed. Both Japanese and western sheet formation are then covered. Instructions are included for making your own paper press, mold & deckle and high-tech drying box.
Many recipes including mulberry, rose-of-sharon, & seaweed follow. Several projects including vegetable papyrus & shaped envelopes are next. A chart with many fibers listed by type can be used to make additional paper types.
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Format:Hardcover
As a beginner papermaker interested in working with plant fibers, this book fulfills most of my papermaking needs: clear, concise instructions and illustrations; some good basic recipes; and great ideas to get the creative juices flowing. All this in a beautiful book that is also an interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book April 23 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book guids you through the magical world of plants and paper...Using it is an excellent way to learn papermaking,loving it and understanding plants and their formation. It is an excellent guide for those who love paper and its art.CONGRADULATIONS !
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book! Jan. 2 2000
Format:Hardcover
I always wanted to make paper. However, the idea of making paper out of paper, seems idiotic to me. Then I found this book. It's everything I ever wanted. I recommend it for anyone. I would also make a great gift.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for making paper from plants May 2 2000
By Angel Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a must have book for anyone who wants to make paper from plants. It is packed with information not found elsewhere. The full-color illustrations & step-by-step instructions guide you seamlessly through the papermaking process.
The author starts out by explaining the many kinds of plant fibers and how to find, harvest and store them. All equipment needed is detailed next. Processing the fiber including cooking, beating, and retting is then covered.
Using dyes & additives as well as making your own is also discussed. Both Japanese and western sheet formation are then covered. Instructions are included for making your own paper press, mold & deckle and high-tech drying box.
Many recipes including mulberry, rose-of-sharon, & seaweed follow. Several projects including vegetable papyrus & shaped envelopes are next. A chart with many fibers listed by type can be used to make additional paper types.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If I could only have one papermaking book,this would be it. Oct. 8 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a beginner papermaker interested in working with plant fibers, this book fulfills most of my papermaking needs: clear, concise instructions and illustrations; some good basic recipes; and great ideas to get the creative juices flowing. All this in a beautiful book that is also an interesting read.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this book! Jan. 2 2000
By "hamertia" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I always wanted to make paper. However, the idea of making paper out of paper, seems idiotic to me. Then I found this book. It's everything I ever wanted. I recommend it for anyone. I would also make a great gift.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for basics Feb. 16 2012
By CJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Book is a great foundation to papermaking book, also gives a few ideas and inspiration for taking papermaking to the next step (cooking down plant fibers) and some different effects that can be achieved.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book April 23 2000
By Nairi Alexandrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book guids you through the magical world of plants and paper...Using it is an excellent way to learn papermaking,loving it and understanding plants and their formation. It is an excellent guide for those who love paper and its art.CONGRADULATIONS !
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