Cattails Plants Against The Cold

The author describes how to collect cattail plants and use their fluff as a free insulating material in hand-sewn garments.



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A late autumn stand of fuzzy cattail plants backlit by the setting sun.
PHOTO: MELINDA ALLEN
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Choose a calm day to go harvesting and wait for a spell of dry weather to avoid a sackful of sodden stuffing. Cattails that have not yet scattered their seed to the wind are best. Just snap the stem below the 'tail. BELOW',
MELINDA ALLEN
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The author models her first sewing project, a warm and attractive "down" vest that was assembled for a total cost of under $10!
MELINDA ALLEN
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The free stuffing right from the stalk.
MELINDA ALLEN

















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