A woodworker friend of mine, and his lovely girlfriend, had the fantastic idea of giving me sawdust from strongly colored woods to use as pigment for handmade paper. Perhaps he’ll forgive me for forgetting the names of these woods.

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Bereft of equipment, I procured embroidery hoops from Freecycle and found some leftover screening in the house.

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Staples were my first choice…

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…but after realizing these were not made of stainless steel, I decided to use a heavily waxed linen thread to secure the screening to the frame.

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So far, so good. The below is the result of about three hours of trimming and sewing.

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In my next post, I’ll examine the paper scraps and worn cotton cloth that will comprise the pulp.

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