|A natural-coloured old wool blanket dyed with vegetables. These colours are fast.|
Purple carrot = purple (of course). Onion skin = orange. Avocado seed = light brown.
|Boiling up the purple carrot and avocado colour pots.|
|The learning circle.|
|Fabulous creative science. Many young children loved this workshop. |
|The waste from the botanical print dying process - compostable leaves, re-usable twine, and reusable metal scraps.|
During the workshop we also experimented with botanical prints using leaves on natural fabrics. Here are the sample strips I did. You can see silky oak, eucalyptus, cinerea, bleeding heart - on silk, cotton, wool and paper. I can't wait to keep experimenting and making my own hand-dyed organic clothing. Thankfully there's a great shop in my local town where I can source un-dyed organic fabrics.
|My first go at creating natural botanical prints using natural fabrics and paper, leaves, water, twine and an iron rod.|
|I moistened the wool strip. (NB: you can see the original colour of the wool here that was used in the carrot, onion and avocado dyes)|
|Roll the leaves tightly in with the wool onto a rusty iron rod. The iron helps to fix the plant print to the fabric and give the black colour.|
|Bind tightly with twine to hold it all in place when it is boiled.|
|Create whatever patterns you like - here I used cinerea and eucalypt|
|I added 4 different leaf arrangements on my rod. It is also possible to have a large piece of fabric folded over to create leaf patterned prints.|
|Boil the wrapped iron rods in a pot of water for 1 hour.|
|I unravelled my stick as soon as it came out of the pot - so curious to see what had happened. If I'd had the patience to leave it rolled and moist for 3 weeks, all the colours would be far more intense.|