Eco Prints – the process.

It’s been so good to be back in my outdoor studio producing more dyed and printed fabric! I’m glorying in it as long as I can.  Hurricanes blow away from here!

This eco print is on a section of an old linen tablecloth I received from Freecycle. It was mordanted with alum and soy last October!  I added a new soak in aluminum acetate.  I soaked the leaves in either ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate or copper water; sprayed the whole cloth down with vinegar water and used a calcium carbonnate carrier cloth.

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I folded it three times and rolled it onto a large “log” of tin cans wrapped together and simmered it for almost 2 hours.  Ordinarily, I would have kept it in a little longer because it’s a little thick and a large piece ( it steamed for 1 hour and 55 minutes), but I neededto cut the time it a bit short and it’s just fine. This is still curing so it hasn’t yet been washed or ironed.20170903_161853.6. copy

Sometimes it’s fabulous to have a cloth that is light in fair sized areas because it leaves you room to work into it in any number of creative ways.

Linking up with Off The Wall Friday!


Protect What You Are Thankful For

One of my favorite plants in the new dye garden is the Foamflower, Tiarella cordifolia-Family: Saxifrage (Saxifragaceae).  I’ll be adding more varieties in the spring because I really appreciate how well it prints.


Above there are 3 distinct prints of these leaves, one in the center and two on the bottom left.  As you can see, they print well when no other plant does!
Tiarella cordifolia are the top three and bottom left beside the peony leaves to the right. They’re also a reliable printer.

And those lovely Wild Cranesbills! I’m trying to propogate the wild ones that I find into my garden. We’ll see if any of them took well enough to make it through the winter. I pick them from a few places in my own yard and from a couple of sites especially, around Lake Quannapowett.

If you weren’t looking for these wild geraniums, you’d hardly notice them where they grow sparcely. So when I come across them I feel especially lucky!  They always release their pigments!

Then all of the varieties of Acers! Pretty sure this one’s a Red Maple.  On the left The fabric was dyed with Walnut and on the right with Oak Gall. On cotton, alum, soy, alum and dipped in ferrous sulfate.

This was not the best year for me printing with maples.  They frequently didn’t print at all, perhaps due to the drought here.  But all of a sudden, I found that some from my own yard were printing pretty well, so here’s the proof – you never know!

Need I say, I’m very thankful for all the leaves that bestow their pigments on my cloth!

Linking up with Nina’s Off The Wall Friday!  Happy holidays to all! Those things that we are grateful for have become all the more precious for many of us now! Let’s protect them and celebrate them.

“Walk Into a Forest, Breathe Deeply…”

From an article by Nancy Rose, Editor of Arnoldia


Is It A Finish?

Below are the numerous manifestations of my latest work , more or less, as it developed. I made it in sections that I will somehow tie  together to finish.

Below is the what I think is my final choice. What do you think?

The text is a Rachel Carson quote: “If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”

As I worked on it the events at Standing Rock to attempt to stop the Dakota Pipeline construction was unfolding. It still is.  I’m naming this piece “I Stand With You.”

I’m pretty sure this is the final selection.
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Once again. linking up with Nina Marie Sayre.


I just tried to place a pic in my comments section but see it’s not capable, at least azt this point.  SO I’m playing around with adding some text, as Anni Hunt has suggested.  What do you think? The running text at the top is hand written but these may be the same or may be transferred on if I decide to go with it.