This weeks eco printing

Silk scarf printed with gum leaves

I’ve spent a few days doing some eco printing this week. Mostly scarves and upcycled cotton tees. It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve discovered some new ways to mordant to get different results so it’s been educational as well.

Here’s a few of my results

Silk scarf with gum leaves
Primrose leaf eco print on calico
Maple leaf on organic cotton tee
Rose leaves on silk scarf
Maple leaves on calico
Hakea leaves round neck and silver dollar gum leaves on cotton tee.
This time the silver dollar leaves printed green!

more eucalyptus leaves on silk

It was a fun week!!!

Now I have to soak some more leaves because I used them all up!

10 thoughts on “This weeks eco printing

    1. I cure the fabric by leaving it at least a week before I rinse it. The images will gradually fade over time if they spend too much time in direct sunlight but I’ve had cushions on my couch for at least 6 months that haven’t faded at all.


    1. Thanks Jesska. You certainly can useit as a verb. I mordant with an iron dip. Put some rusty nails or similar in a jar and cover with a 50 50 mix of water and white vinegar. Leave for 4 weeks. When ready put a tablespoon in a bucket of water and dip your cloth in it for 30 seconds and its ready to go. It takes a few experiments to get things going and it is NOT an exact science!!

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      1. Ooh! That sounds manageable – I’d never heard of mordanting before but the first few websites made in sound horrendously dangerous and/or poisonous and very off-putting.
        I might try and make some – thank you for the inspiration and instructions 🙂


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