Monday, July 13, 2015

Newest eco-dyed scarves and work in progress

 These 3 scarves were eco-dyed using leaves I collected on my recent trip to Maine.  I was enamored by the different shades of green on the many different kinds of trees.  I don't know the names of the trees the leaves came from but some printed very well, some didn't pass on their colors to well.  The scarves on the left I will be stitching the short ends together so they'll look nice wrapped around the neck.  The lightly printed parts will compliment the dark areas.  One scarf for me and one for my friend with whom I visited up North.  A remembrance of our great time together.

The following image is one of three pieces in progress.  One stitch at a time.  No hurry.  I sure love the slow meditative pace hand stitching allows.

Two Ecoprinted Tops

This ecoprinting is quite addictive.  These two pieces of clothing were purchased at a thrift shop.  I am quite pleased. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Eco printing using spent flowers from a local florist

the pinks and purples are from red roses.
the bottom scarf has fresh pecan leaves printed on it

I am attempting to figure out how to post using my cell phone. I think I've got it

These are my latest eco printed fabrics.  I picked up spent flowers from a local florist at the great suggestion from my lovely sister Marlene. My pot continues to be water with a walnut, rusted metal, and a cup of vinegar. Leaves and flowers are placed on wet fabric and then wrapped around the copper piping.  The water in the pot is brought to a boil, then I put the fabrics in and  let it simmer for about 2 hours.. I usually end up unwrapping the bundles when they are cool to touch. I'm usually always happy and pleased with the results. The joy of eco printing is that I can always print again if the results are not to my liking.