I had such a good outcome the last time I eco-dyed fabric, I decided to try it again. Not sure where I read this (maybe on India Flint's blog, but don't hold me to it), but I read somewhere I could eco-dye raspberry leaves. If you've been around my blog at all, you know I have a ton of them.
So I was off to my basement for fabric I could dye, and this time, instead of a white bed sheet, I used some of my pale blue. The same pale blue that yielded the beautiful rusted dancers I revealed during last month's marathon (AEDM).
But this time, it was all about experimenting, and I wanted less rust,
and more leaves. For the first piece, I covered my rusty upside down
"J" with a piece of fabric, then sorted my leaves into new and "mostly" dead. These are the "mostly" dead ones.
One of my main problems is, I can't wrap my fabric tightly enough, so I decided to try wrapping them in rubber bands or crochet thread, which I hoped I could make tighter.
HMMM! Not exactly the wrap I was going for, but I can't seem to get a tight wrap, no matter what I try. Note also, some of the "really" dead leaves broke and a couple even fell out of the fabric when I rolled it.
For my second fabric, I chose mostly live leaves and laid them out in a pleasing pattern. Note I have used only leaves, no stick, no rusty piece.
But wait. I have a small container filled with rusty filings, so
I randomly threw them onto the fabric and leaves. The sack in the back right holds my rubber bands.
However, for this piece I decided to use crochet thread. Hard to get it even and even harder to try to tie off with only the two hands I was born with.
I still had lots of room in my pot and a few leaves, so I chose some that were wind swept into my yard. I tore an old pair of shorts my friend Sally gave me that she told me was cotton, but I knew as soon as I tore it, it had some polyester in it. Probably a LOT of polyester.
I don't seem to do too well with rubber bands. I also have no idea what the sticks are for, unless it's to keep the fabric straight.
For that, however, I would need a bigger steam pot.
My fourth set of leaves went on top of a piece of the fabric I had used as part of my scrappy journal cover I made during AEDM last month. It was white on one side and yellow and white on the other. I chose to place the leaves on the white side
and tied the bundle with crochet thread. I think I got a better tie this time, but it could be because the fabric was so thick.
They all fit well in my steam pot, and I steamed them for several hours. I didn't check, I just removed them from the heat late in the day when I thought about them.
I will unveil them on the 21st, so watch for how well they did. Remember, the last two don't have any rust, so I'm hoping there will be a bit of rusty transfer.
Thanks for dropping by today to see my latest eco-dyeing experiment.
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