eco print success!!!!!!!!

16 Oct


first successful "eco print": rose leaves on silk


A little pale, but with a white lining and a darker colour underlining that, perhaps it will be more visible–so delicate and beautiful! Thanks to Yvonne for giving me a clear set of instructions🙂 (Look in the comments on that post.)

Now i’ll be madly scrambling to collect the last of the leaves that haven’t curled up their toes and high dived off the branches into leaf pile oblivion!


Posted by on October 16, 2010 in dye experiments


5 responses to “eco print success!!!!!!!!

  1. Trace

    October 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Yvonnes instructions are good. But when you roll the silk up it needs to be as tight as you can do it, sometimes it is helped by rolling around a smooth stick. And try tying it up with strong string wrapped around and around nice and tight. This will give its own lovely marks. Now you can dye either in clear water or in a coloured dye bath and I find with rose leaves that a little something rusty in the water really helps bring out the purply/blues. So bring it to the boil (or you could steam after thoroughly wetting the bundle) then simmer for an hour, then let it go cold in the pot. Remove and leave it alone preferably for a week but just overnight if you cant wait that long!!!!!!!!! Let it dry and dont wash for a week or more so colour can really set in. I have been known to break all these rules of course. Hope that helps.


    • arlee

      October 16, 2010 at 5:27 pm

      THANK YOU too Trace🙂 The stick idea is fabu, thanks for sharing that! I had no luck with steaming, but enjoyed the cooking and the smell🙂 I let this sit for a week but the leaves were also small to begin with, being a very very old rose bush!


  2. serenapotter

    October 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm


    can i just say love!
    so beautiful
    for clothes
    for quilts. oh la la


  3. Yvonne

    October 17, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Glad you are getting leaf prints – and nice colours, too!


  4. Mary Anne

    October 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    mmmmm- silk. Is there any other fabric as nice? Great results!


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