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ecoprinting fabric

Ecoprinting fabric, dyeing with plants, creating botanical imprints

Ecoprinting fabric.

I’ve been searching for an excellent way to create permanent plant impressions onto fabric, but the knowledge appears to be a secret art form passed down from teacher to student. So I’m sharing what I found from my own experiments.

I used organic linen and raw silk.

I collected local plants from a hike along the river.

ecoprinting fabric
ecoprinting fabric

I mordanted fabric with iron.

ecoprinting fabric

Then added plants to fabric.

ecoprinting fabric

I put down a layer of plastic wrap so each petal or leaf would leave its own separate imprint.

ecoprinting fabric

Then I rolled the fabric up.

 

ecoprinting fabric

ecoprinting fabric

And tyed it tightly,

ecoprinting fabric

Then I added the fabrics to iron water to simmer for an hour,

ecoprinting fabric

Here are my results

Linen here and silk here

ecoprinting fabric

ecoprinted linen

ecoprinting fabric

geranium leaf on silk

ecoprinting fabric

maple leaf on silk

ecoprinting fabric

Have you ecoprinted on fabric successfully before? I’d love to hear about your method. If you liked this post and want more on ecoprinting let me know in the comments!