Abaca, Jute & Other Favorite Fibers

Painting Linen Bark

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Abaca, Jute & Other Favorite Fibers, Creative Projects | 0 comments

Painting Linen Bark

I’ve been spending the last number of evenings working down in my basement studio playing with one of my most favorite weird fibers – Linen Bark!   Our company, Loose Ends Unleashed has been the direct source/importer for this stuff for about 15 years.  We were working with one of our paper makers overseas and I waw this big pile of “stuff” hanging out in one of the corners.  Never one to be shy about checking out “stuff”, I asked Viroj (my papermaker) about it and he told me it was one of the fibers that they used in their paper making processes....

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Abaca Freeform Vase Project “How-to”

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Abaca, Jute & Other Favorite Fibers, Creative Projects | 0 comments

Abaca Freeform Vase Project “How-to”

 Abaca Freeform Vase  Project “How-to” Abaca is ideal for this project – it is tough (banana fiber) but looks so light, airy & delicate, and this is easy (but a bit messy).   The results though are fairly dramatic, and after you have made a few of these you will find yourself coming up with all kinds                                         of other ways to put your own spin on the                                       technique with the Abaca Fiber.     INGREDIENTS: Abaca Banana Fiber – enough to cover PLUS about another 1/3 fiber (available at our MARKETPLACE STORE:...

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Abaca Banana Fiber

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Abaca, Jute & Other Favorite Fibers | 0 comments

Abaca Banana Fiber

Looks like a few of you have popped over to our new MARKETPLACE website: Loose Ends Unleashed   (www.looseendsunleashed.com) because we have received a few emails asking for info on the Abaca Banana Fiber (also known as Manila Hemp) and what can be done with it.   As I mention in our MARKETPLACE STORE page on Abaca:  this is just about the coolest stuff in the world – it looks delicate but it is super tough and strong.  And yes, it really does come from a member of the banana tree family. There’s  lots of interesting info on the way the Abaca Banana Fiber is grown, harvested and...

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