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!


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

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

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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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