Tuesday, 18 September 2018

eco printing

what a surprise: a forgotten bundle in pan that needed scouring this morning, for the fresh walnut husk dye

yesterday: a very organised self placed 6 bundles in these glass jars for solar dyeing; I have written what's in each pot, tada fool proof testing.....the cotton strips of fabric used for the bundles have been pre-mordanted in oak apple solution.

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend an eco print workshop last Thursday with Marijke Bongers, at her Eco Textile Studio, who herself learned a great deal on the subject from India Flint

below are the eco print results, some made after class from scratch at home, others were made in the class, or further evolved at home

how the paper prints might be framed, both sides are rather nice

I did end up washing all the fabric testers in olive oil soap, once thoroughly rinsed and dry, they they were ironed as well, as this makes for easier sewing; also, even if I'm not going to wear them (or anybody else for that matter) once they become Small Pillows, they will be fondled and touched so I don't to risk them being dirty in any way 

Yorkshire Dale Tale gradually coming together, both sides are basted and it is almost done!

the pink is madder, Marijke grows her own


maple & orange from black ink that emanated from the old paper that sat between the fabric; we made 'sandwiches': paper, leaves, fabric, leaves, paper, etc
folded between 2 metal plates, wrapped in a cloth, tied with string, into the dye pot, which sat simmering on the ring, for an hour at least 

ginko leaf resist and some kind of conifer


 lace and maple combined made for a wonderful result, above on wool, below on paper

sweet chestnut from our front garden


bundle back home, folded around a copper pipe, spritzed with vinegar, re-used all the leaves from the workshop, I think I added copper/vinegar water and some iron water as well, oh one cannot be too sure about these things.....if I don't write it down immediately I forget

finally blossoming, Morning Glory raised from seed

am really enjoying this eco printing! health is improving, appointment with my specialist this Friday afternoon, will try & keep you posted