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The Boiled One

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So far I’ve been steaming all of my eco bundles.

But then the wonderful Monika of Red2White suggested boiling them to actually get proper leaf prints.

I was a little sceptical of boiling to start with because when I was dyeing with the different flowers I didn’t want to get muddled brown. I wanted distinct colour impressions.

 

But for leaf prints, I realized, I wanted the shape and texture not really the colour so much so it didn’t matter if it got muddled.

 

I had pressed some leaves and gathered fresh ones and laid them out on a 2 yard piece of flat crepe that I had.

There was a wonderful dark, left over, liquid from previous steamings in the dye pot. I topped this up with water and boiled some big rusty bits in it for a while and then took all but one out.

The crepe was bundled and wrapped tight with string and then popped into the murky muddle for about 3 1/2 – 4 hours. I don’t remember exactly.

It turned out wonderfully!

Close up of maple leaf

Close up of rose leaves and smoke bush leaves

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7 responses »

  1. Gorgeous fabric – I love how it turned out. What are you going to make with it?

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  4. Beautiful patterning on this … =D

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  5. Hi. Love your blog :-). I am trying to get strong leaf prints on silk. Can you tell me if I need to soak the fabric first & if so in what? I am new to eco dyeing but loving the results so far.

    Kind Regards
    Beverley

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    • Hi Beverly.
      I put all my fabrics in an alum mordant before dyeing but I know other natural dyers use salt water or vinegar to help fix the stain. It just depends on your preference. I would play with different mordants and see what you prefer.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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