Sunday, August 6, 2017


 i've been working with hemp
these sheets are hemp top that i processed
in Zone 4's valley beater
 using three pigments procured 
from melbourne etching
caput morte, raw sienna, terre vert.
learning to manage retention aid after too many years.
 and a sweet message arrived from seattle with the 
prospectus for Jim Koss's new book
 and these special needles,
thank you Kate!
 save pulp
 the beater/press room at Zone 4

 hemp sliver half beaten
yesterday's batch was a fine warm white hemp sliver
looking forward to seeing how the pigments work on this stuff.

 this beater and i have some history

 lovely stuff
 just before finishing.
just under 2 hours of beating.
my hannah sent me this lovely bone feather
that i can string and wear.
and so far the weekend is only half over!


Mo Crow said...

love seeing the details of your process & the bone feather is a beauty!

neki desu said...

the fabric behind the bone feather!!
wonderful first try at making paper was with jute. still have some around somewhere.

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, hannah knows what her mama likes.
neki, it's a gifted piece, papermaking is so happy-making!

Fiona Dempster said...

I saw the title of the post V and was happy - paper! Such lovely creations and I must say that brooch is so beautiful - well done hannah!

Velma Bolyard said...

fiona, thanks, i was so happy to haul around pulp and pull sheets again.

one small stitch said...

great stuff, Velma. The feather is beautiful and those needles look great- good needles are important. I have a 2 kilo "bump" of natural Chinese hemp fibre, I'll never spin it all. Next time you're this way you can have a few lbs.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, you could find a beater in Victoria, surely, and then make some of your very own, or, yes, please, coming by for a visit!

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