What is eco printing? A direct contact dye technique which coaxes the natural pigments from plants with heat. I use mostly leaves, but prints can also be made from bark, flowers, berries, and other plant parts. The dye from some plants and trees, like the black walnut tree, are strong dyes that don’t easily wash out or fade in the sun. Those are called substantive dyes. Other plants produce color that doesn’t last on the fabric and are called fugitive dyes. Most berries and flowers fall into the fugitive dye category. The key (and the fun!) is in experimenting with local plants.
Eco printed silk scarves with oak, maple, eucalyptus, rose, butternut leaves
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A Few Resources on Eco Printing and Natural Dyes:
Thanks to Jeanne Manrique, Fiber Artist in St. Paul for her 1:1 instruction, helping me move from reading about eco printing to action!