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The Papermaker's Companion: The Ultimate Guide to Making and Using Handmade Paper [Paperback]

Helen Hiebert
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May 15, 2000

This essential reference covers absolutely everything you need to know about papermaking, from the basics to advanced techniques such as shaped sheets, embossing, laminating, and watermarking. Also includes thorough step-by-step instructions for processing pulp, building papermaking equipment, and making paper-based projects like cards and lamp shades.


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Editorial Reviews

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This guide by papermaking artist Hiebert (Papermaking with Plants) goes beyond most books on handmade paper by including detailed instructions for making equipment and for using unusual fibers as a source of pulp. 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. This good, basic manual is suitable for all crafts collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

Learn the Popular Craft of Papermaking from an Expert

 

* Make stunning, colorful papers from recycled junk mail

* Set up or even build your own inexpensive equipment

* Emboss, laminate, and watermark your papers

* Harvest your own plants for papermaking as the ancients did

* Learn to paint and even sculpt with pulp

* Craft unforgettable flower petal cards and stationery

* Share the fun of papermaking with children

* Make paper photo frames, books, lampshades, and more

 

With clear, easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, expert Helen Hiebert covers every imaginable aspect of creating one-of-a-kind papers and using those papers in fun, creative, and beautiful ways. With techniques ranging from beginning to advanced, this essential handbook is sure to be one that paper crafters return to again and again.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1ST edition (May 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580172008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580172004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Helen Hiebert is a Colorado artist who constructs installations, sculptures, films, artists' books, and works in paper using handmade paper as her primary medium. She teaches, lectures and exhibits her work internationally and is the author of the books Playing With Pop-Ups, Playing With Paper, Papermaking with Plants, The Papermaker's Companion, and Paper Illuminated. Helen has served on the boards of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists and Hand Papermaking Magazine.

Customer Reviews

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best all around book about the entire papermaking process September 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book takes one through the entire process of making paper. It describes how to process the fibers, how to put together the equipment, how to make paper from plants, etc. helen has painstakingly described each step in simple easy to follow and understand language. Even for people who have made paper before, this book will become your bible and companion when you venture into making paper. In addition, Ms Hiebert provides guidlines and projects for using the paper that you make. I have several books on papermaking and this one is the best.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives up to its title December 31, 2005
Format:Paperback
This book contains probably all the technical information you will need to make your own paper from any number of materials -- whether you are starting by recycling paper from your waste bin, or going out into the wild and harvesting the plants yourself. Diagrams are included for most equipment, from simple deckles to elaborate vacuum presses. Included also are the most extensive instructions I've ever seen on how to do large-scale casting, via armature and otherwise. If you are seriously interested in papermaking, you cannot go wrong with this book.

If you are already making paper and looking for project ideas, there are a few, but that isn't really the point of this book. Includes an index and resource guide
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS the ultimate guide October 28, 2005
Format:Paperback
I have many books on papermaking and this is the one I always turn to when I am making paper. It has clear instructions for beginners and experienced papermakers alike and the little info boxes in the margins are especially helpful. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly to any would-be papermaker.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for first time papermaker. *follow up* January 6, 2007
Format:Paperback
I received this book as a gift and I really like it. I am a brand new papermaker and was able to use this book right away and make a recycled paper batch that looked great. The details about making a mould and presses really helped. I recommend this book not only because it has the basics but it also has intermediate concepts.

Update 10/08 I guess the book didn't inspire me enough to keep going with it. After my first review I've only picked it up one other time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect book for beginners June 14, 2006
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This book assumes you know nothing about hand making paper. It explains each step and gives you the terminology.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and beyond January 17, 2007
Format:Paperback
Finally, I found a book that isn't about pretty pictures and way out there techniques. This book is about making paper. Helen gives you all the nuances necessary to make paper on your own. This is a comprehensive, information-packed book that is THE must-have for any beginner or even intermediate. Too many books show us beautiful photos of great art work but neglect to give us those finer details that would make our efforts a success. This book shows you how to succeed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful, basic guide May 22, 2007
By Pamela
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I checked the Papermaker's Companion out of the library just for some basic information about paper making. I found myself referring to it so often that I renewed the loan. And again. Finally, I broke down and bought my own copy. The recipes and instructions are clear and fairly comprehensive. The book contains at least a basic explanation of everything from using recycled paper to making your own pulp from plants and leaves. The projects are interesting and clearly explained. This is a good reference book for experienced paper makers and a good beginner's guide for those just starting out. Although it does contain a few projects for kids, this book is more appropriate for older teens and adults.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but a little difficult for a beginners April 26, 2009
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This is a great book on paper making, with a few caveats. Sometimes the descriptions are so complicated they are very hard to follow (how to make frames), and there are a lot of directions where it seems to be assumed that we know a lot of information (i.e. it says to use wheat paste to make papyrus, but doesn't tell you where to get wheat paste. I had to get a recipe off the internet). Overall, this is a great book, though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't find this book to be good for a beginner
I didn't find this book to be good for a beginner. It discusses a lot about using fibers that will need to be broken down in ways that the at-home novice doesn't have access to. Read more
Published 9 days ago by E. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome service!
The book is in fabulous condition, as stated. And came very fast. It's awesome! Thanks!
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars As expected. Used and then passed it on to ...
As expected. Used and then passed it on to another papermaker.
Published 1 month ago by John C. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it In bed !
Great book! Everything you need to know plus some inspirational ideas to stimulate your own creativity!
Published 2 months ago by Eric Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected based on the reviews
not bad, but sort of confusing in the beginning. read through it when it arrived and haven't bothered to reopen it since I have found other sources of info that make more sense and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars The Papermaker's Companion.
This is a wonderful book that beginners and more advanced papermakers will learn . People will learn many new techniques.
Published 4 months ago by Margaret M ONeal
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it. But the referral to how to include flowers does not make...
But the referral to h to include flowers without bleeding does not work. The list of flowers is worthless. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L. Van Coppenolle
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought I knew what I was doing til I read this
Excellent book for beginner or know-it-all. Hiebret offers ways to create tools for minimal cost that could still provide great results. Just bear in mind.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars papernaking is fun and educational and good for the enviornment
No only a history and great pictures but the instructions are clear and understandable and easy to follow also hints for improvising when necessary.
Published 9 months ago by mountain sage
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent walkthrough
This book contains all the steps needed in order to create the equipment you need in order to produce paper at your home or business, plus it has a nice history on papermaking in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James the Fox
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