I am kinda slow getting into a project this morning.
I have one more large deep freezer to take everything out and defrost-put back in. I think I will do that after our 2 pm meal.
Last night when I had a baseball game on I thought I would see if my florescent ceiling light would turn on-it doesn't most hot summer days. It did-happy dancing-so I ended up listening to the game and setting up my April journal page til 1 am in the morning. Felt good-of course this morning the light won't come on again.
Next time we make it to the big city we will pick up a different ceiling light set up.
I got the cotton rag and kona pulps from Grummer yesterday so I can now proceed with my hemp-cotton paper project.
Some sites I have read says this needs a very long cooking time in the soda ash or washing soda-up to 4 hours, some say a couple hours. I am thinking perhaps since I am using hemp roving-ready for spinning perhaps the cooking time will be less- This is all a new paper making adventure for me. The purpose is to use this paper to eco dye plant materials on to it.
I decided to cut across the roving in small cuts and then fluff that apart. My hemp is in 8 ounce balls so I was trying to eyeball about half or less.
This is an interesting fiber-at first it feels a little stiff scratchy like jute or sisal is but then no it is actually very very soft-like that eco dyed paper I shared with you.
There were a few stiffer plant materials that would fall out during spinning, but since I like character and textures in my papers I decided to leave these in-I just cut them up smaller as this will not break down in the cooking process with the soda ash
Fluffed up I just used my fingers to seperate the cut fibers
In this last photo you can see some of those stiffer plant fibers
Instead of measuring by weight of fiber for the soda ash-which I think in paper making is too strong of a solution, I am using one tablespoon per quart of water that I add to the pot.
I am going to start cooking this after our meal, and multi task with cleaning out the deep freezer-sounds like a plan ha ha