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Thursday, September 24, 2015


I have been experimenting with eco-printing for a couple of years and have nothing even close to success to report.  However, I have started getting together with some local eco-printers and am starting to have success.  Beth has posted some pictures on her blog of an eco-print party with Janine, Beth and me.  Now, I am not claiming to be India Flint, but I am finally getting some results I can show.  First the pictures and then some information about the process.

Aren't they gor-ge-ous?  LOL

Okay, here is the process that seems to work for me.
  1. First I had to mordant the fabric for 24 hours in Alum water.
  2. Second I had to soak the fabric in soy milk for an hour.
  3. Then I needed to know which leaves to use.  In this area I can use sycamore, apple, cherry, grape, strawberry leaves and runners, raspberry, rose, lilac, Japanese maple, cone flowers, geraniums, and a mystery bush in my woods.
  4. Then I needed to lay the leaves onto the wet fabric, roll fabric and leaves tightly on a stick, tie it with a string that won't stretch.
  5. Heat water in a large pan and add some metal to give extra color.
  6. Boil (or steam but I have more success boiling it) for about 3 hours at a hard boil.
  7. Let cool.  Say a prayer.  Unwrap.
  8. Peel off the mushy leaves.
  9. Don't wash for a couple of weeks, the fabric not me.
Only a few more days (not weeks) of leaves to print for this year and then I have to wait for spring.


  1. I give you a lot of credit for keeping at it until you got such great results! I tried it a few times and didn't have much success so I moved on. Still love the look of the leaves on fabric, just not patient enough to wait. You and India definitely are cut from the same cloth.

  2. Lovely, Judith! I confess, I do not think I would have the patience and perseverance to keep at it, what with all the many steps you have to take and no guarantee of success. Congratulations on your progress!

  3. Did you use cotton, wool, silk or what? Interesting colors.


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