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Papermaking with Polypores: aa072104f

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Dyers Week in Finland. One of the courses that was going on was how to make paper with Polypores or Fungi.

Here’s how:
The polypores are collected and then left to soak in water for several hours to soften them.

After soaking the polypores, chop them into small pieces and put into a blender to create a pulp.

Pour the pulp into a shallow tray.

Lay a piece of cotton fabric onto a wire mesh paper form.

Place the form into the pulp mixture and lift it up, letting the excess water run off.

Lay the top part of the paper form onto the pulp mixture and press it down.

Use a sponge to squeeze out any remaining water.

Remove the top part of the form, invert the form carefully and place it onto a cloth.

Use a rolling pin to flatten the paper and remove extra moisture.

Remove the piece of fabric from the handmade paper carefully.

If there are any holes or breaks in the paper, you can put the paper back into the pulp mixture and try again.

Once you are happy with the results of your handmade paper, lay it between several layers of newspaper and let it dry.

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Papermaking

  • Fungal Jungal – Making Paper
  • Mycology – Uses of Fungi – Papermaking
  • What is Kraft Paper

    Mushroom Dye Workshop

    Mushroom Dye Recipes

    Natural Dye Workshop

    Print Making

    Peat Textiles

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    Papermaking Books

    Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds

    The Art And Craft of Papermaking: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Distinctive Handmade Paper

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    Papermaking: paper

    Paper from Polypores
    How to make handmade paper using polypores or fungi.

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    Paper Yarn Weaving
    Paper Yarn weaving with Pirkko Karvonen at Convergence 2002.

    Japanese Paper Weaving
    The art of weaving with paper yarns in Japan.

    Paper Wall Hanging
    A woven wall hanging project using Christmas wrapping paper.

    Paper Yarn Placemat
    A weaving project for making placemats with paper yarn and hemp.

    You Tube – Japanese Paper making

    Papermaking Books

    Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds
    Illustrated step-by-step instructions, make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic papers from such common plants as hosta, milkweed, and thistledown, as well as the more unusual pineapple, yucca, and seaweed
    UK: Papermaking with Garden Plants

    The Complete Book of Papermaking
    How to fashion a sheet of paper, step by step.
    UK: Complete Book of Papermaking

    Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools, Techniques
    Every aspect of papermaking is explained in depth, including cultivation of paper mulberry in the West, weaving the flexible mold surface (su), and evaluation of the finished paper.
    UK: Japanese Papermaking

    The Papermaker’s Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper
    Instructions for both Western-style (European) and Eastern-style (Japanese) papers are covered. Some projects are included, but the emphasis is on processes and techniques.
    UK: Papermakers Companion

    HAND PAPERMAKING MANUAL
    Kindle Version
    UK: Hand Papermaking Manual

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    Japanese Paper Weaving: aa122000

    Washi
    Washi, Japanese paper is traditionally made of the inner bark of 3 plants, Kozo (paper mulberry) Mitsumata and Gampi. The bark is cleaned, pounded and added to a liquid solution with tororo-aoi (fermented hibiscus root) to produce paste-like mix. The paste is spread onto a bamboo mesh screen to form a paper sheet.

    You Tube – Japanese Papermaking, Tosa Washi

    Shifu Cloth

    In Japan, Washi paper is cut into thin strips, twisted and woven to make a cloth called Shifu. The Washi paper is treated with a starch of Konnyaku (devil’s tongue root), crumpled and cut into thin strips and twisted into yarn. The paper thread is used as weft, and the warp is usually of silk, cotton, or hemp. The resulting paper fabric becomes more pliable with use and is also strong enough to withstand washing.

    Saganishiki

    Saganishiki (Saga brocade) is another type of Japanese paper cloth. The Washi paper is the warp. It is cut into thin strips and the weft yarn (silk, cotton or hemp) is woven in a twill pattern. Often the paper is decorated with gold dust or gold leaf designs.

    Saga Nishiki History

    Tradition says that at the end of the Edo Era, Princess Kashioka thought of the idea of Saga Nishiki as she was ill and admiring the design of the ceiling patterns. She ordered her attendant to create some other uses for this type of weaving. The weaving was done by the ladies of the castle. The art was later revived by a politician, Shigenobu Okuma and exhibited at an Exposition in London in 1910.

    Saga Nishiki Process

    The making Saga Nishiki is explained, with pictures of the weaving process.

    Saganishi Workshop

    Paper Wall Hanging

    Paper Yarn Weaving at Convergence 2002

    Making Paper with Polypores

    Papermaking Books

    Japanese Papermaking: Traditions, Tools, Techniques
    Every aspect of papermaking is explained in depth, including cultivation of paper mulberry in the West, weaving the flexible mold surface (su), and evaluation of the finished paper.

    Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds
    Basic papermaking techniques, laid out in illustrated step-by-step instructions, make it easy to blend and shape a variety of organic papers from such common plants as hosta, milkweed, and thistledown, as well as the more unusual pineapple, yucca, and seaweed.

    The Papermaker’s Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper
    Included are extensive step-by-step instructions on processing pulp, building papermaking equipment, and making paper-based projects like cards, lamp shades, and sculpture.

    The Complete Book of Papermaking

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