successful ecoprints….finally

Finally!  a successful set of eco-prints on silk!  coral bell, eucalyptus, pine needle, and fern simmered in a pot of rust and acid for an hour.

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4 Responses to successful ecoprints….finally

  1. gonerustic says:

    These look amazing! I’ve done a bit of this, with iron screws, nuts and bolts, but in a plant dye bath. the imprints are very clear. Would be interested in finding out more about the dye mixture you used here – it’s intriguing! =D

    • I always have rusty bits soaking in a 50/50 mix of vinegar and tap water. I dumped some of that rust liquor into the pot and threw in some of the rusty bits as well. I added just enough water to cover the bundles. I’ll be doing more this week and we’ll see if I am as successful. I think the keys to success may be tightly wrapping fresh, juicy, plant material, simmering an hour and soaking for a couple of impatient days. Two of the scarves were rolled tightly on sticks, one on a chopstick. The clearest prints were from the chopstick bundle. The scarves were dry when I bundled and the plant material was concentrated toward the scarf ends. When rolling up, I started at the folded center back of the scarf and rolled toward the open end. Hence, the plant material was in pretty good contact with the dye liquor. I have also done this in a turmeric bath with good success.

      • gonerustic says:

        Thank you so much for this explanation, Sue – I really appreciate your generous sharing of your process! If you don’t mind, I’d like to try this … =D

  2. Go right ahead. It’s all based on India Flint’s technique.

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