Last autumn while cutting plants back in the garden in our annual tidy up I deliberately kept some bundles and hung them in the garage to dry in the hope I would be able to use them to make paper with later.
Finally I have some more time for things like this so I had a go with the first lot - a bundle of Echinops ritro (globe thistles).
It's all very experimental at the moment so I wasn't sure what to expect. My first learning curve was to find that the storks were just too hard to use. Hours and hours of boiling did nothing so I settled for just using the leaves. But I was pleasantly surprised by the out come. A fine green paper with lots of small detail. I used more cotton too which gave me lovely thick paper. I can feel another book coming on.
Compared with the onion paper you can see its a totally different colour, but the texture and feel is different too. I look forward to seeing that other garden fibres produce.