Synopses & Reviews
What can you do with banana and milkweed, cornhusks and pineapple, wheat straw and mulberry? Make a deranged fruit salad? A chapeau for Carmen Miranda? No! You can make your own unique hand crafted paper from natural materials with this complete how-to guide.
With the step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs in Papermaking with Plants, you'll learn how to:
· Collect and harvest plant fibers from stalks, barks, leaves, and grasses
· Process, press, dry and finish your paper using both Eastern and Western methods.
· Embellish your paper with natural dyes and decorative materials like flower petals and pine needles
· Craft one-of-a-kind projects such as vegetable papyrus, multipaper collages, and shaped papers including envelopes, lampshades, specialty books, and covers.
"Helen Hiebert offers new uses for weeds and well as garden flowers - making them into decorative paper." - Suzanne Hively in The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Here's a far-out project that looks to be fascinating...Leaves of iris, gladioli and daylilies along with stem amterial from hollyhock and corn husks are all sources of paper fiber. There's basically no limit to what you can experiment with." - Dale Langford in the Denver Rocky Mountain News
"...includes processes and projects that require no mastery of complicated skills and demand only simple equipment." - Barbara Jacobs in Booklist
"From hosta to milkweed and cornhusks to pineapple leaves, 'almost any plant can be transformed into an elegant sheet of paper.'" - Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje in the Houston Chronicle
"these craft projects include making lamp shades, envelopes, collages, and other stuff that will have your less industrious friends rolling their eyes and wondering how in the world you do it." - Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje in the Houston Chronicle
"teachers who have tried the recipes in this book have found students enthusiastic and anxious to carry through to many finished papers. The search for plants provides a fresh look at botany..." - A. Carman Clark in The Camden Herald (NJ)
Create Unique Handmade Paper from Wild or Cultivated Plants!
Create your own hand-crafted paper from natural materials you gather with this complete how-to guide. From hosta to milkweed and corn husks to pineapple leaves, almost any plant can be transformed into an elegant sheet of paper. With the step-by-step instructions in Papermaking with Plants, you'll learn how to:
* Collect and harvest plant fibers from stalks, bark, leaves, and grasses
* Process the fiber and press, dry, and finish your paper
* Embellish your paper with natural dyes and decorative materials like flower petals and pine needles
* Craft one-of-a-kind projects such as vegetable papyrus, multi-paper collages, envelopes, lampshades, and specialty books.
About the Author
Papermaker and artist Helen Hiebert has served as Program Director at Dieu Donne Papermill in New York City for five years, responsible for program development and administration, editing and design of the mill's newsletter, teaching and papermaking. She has written the popular book Papermaking with Plants, and her most recent Storey title is The Papermaker's Companion. Helen's paper products have been featured in the Dieu Donne papermaking exhibitions, and she has taught papermaking workshops at Dieu Donne, the Women's Studio Workshop, the Horticultural Society of New York, and the New York Botanical Garden. Her paper products have appeared in House and Garden and Country Living magazines. She currently resides in Oregon.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Collecting Plant Fiber
Chapter 2 Getting Ready to Make Paper
Chapter 3 Processing Plant Fiber
Chapter 4 Making Paper
Chapter 5 Recipes, Techniques, and Projects
Appendix: Papermaking Plants