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Natural Fibers - Papermaking

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Peggy Woolsey (woolspeg)
Sat, 30 May 1998 14:34:28 +0800

I just tried coffee grounds and ruined a good slurry made from cattail and
burdock. Melissa--have you tried using burdock leaves. That's all I use
anymore due to the extended cooking needed for the stems. I find it makes
some of the sturdiest papers I've made. Peggy

>>Has anyone used natural resources for paper making. Off subject.
>>Coffee works great when you are making paper.
>In college I had the opportunity to make Eastern paper (a.k.a. "rice"
>paper) in my Fibers class. This type of paper primarily uses natural
>fibers as a resource. Living on a farm, I made some out of the bast
>fibers of the weed, the burdock (known to some as burrs). The bast fibers
>on the burdock are the fibers in between the core and "bark". Other
>natural fibers commonly used are kozo and gampi(plants from Japan), and
>even common materials such as the corn plant, cattails, and a variety of
>Personally, I would probably not recommend using burdock. It was
>difficult to get the bast fibers and was more of a bugger to get the
>fibers to break down. I was tenacious (and perhaps stubborn) and was
>determined to make it work. The paper was used as part of my artist's
>book, entitled "Old Mac Donald HAD a farm", a story based on the tragedy
>of the loss of my parent's farm, complete with woodcut images printed on
>the paper.