Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Critter is Here

Great News!

Our portable Hollander Beater aka the "Critter" has arrived from New Zealand.  The is a wonderful addition to our hand papermaking process as it will allow us to move beyond kitchen blenders to a more versatile means of making pulp.  With some help we will be assembling the small motor to get it up and running to make our first batch of cotton rag pulp within a couple of weeks and ready for our upcoming workshop in October 13 & 14.

We are currently collecting old Blue Jeans(100% cotton)  to make indigo colored paper and any 100% cotton rags, old underwear & T shirts, bed sheets, table cloths preferably in white but color OK too but keep separate. If you would like to contribute let me know and I can pick up your cotton rags. All contributors will receive a batch of our paper. You can also mail to me Jacqueline Gens, PO Box 171 Conway, MA 01341

These will need to be cut into 1 " postage stamp pieces to go into the Critter ( can be done with a rotary cutter as well as scissors). If you can't do this yourself, that's OK we can process the rags here. Also, it is important to fully wash the rag in hot water ONLY to remove any detergent.  Each batch needs about 1 1/4 pounds of rag to convert to enough pulp to keep us busy making paper all week long.

If you are interested in the process of hand made paper please join us for our work shop with Sheryl Jaffe October 13 & 14 or just stop by and visit us at the yellow schoolhouse in Conway to check it out. To learn more,  visit our blog at

Thank you Nary & Bret for all your help in assembling the Critter.

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