What a couple of days I just enjoyed.....fabulous fun!! Along with two buddies, I spent a couple of days along the SC shore near Charleston in the pursuit of learning the secrets of eco-print dyeing. I'll share much more in the days that follow....but because I'm totally pooped, this overview will be brief.Armed with pages and pages of guidelines from the Internet (all lacking specific step-by steps), a car full of supplies, and great enthusiasm.....we began. One of our first tasks was to gather foliage/flower heads to print.
.......Which were arranged on a piece of pre-mordant fabric.
.....Then rolled around wood rods and tied into a bundle. Our first bundles were placed in a steamer and left to cook for about 2 hours.
Honestly, we could hardly contain ourselves as we opened the bundles, expecting colorful prints of the leaves and flowers. WHAT?!?! Nothing....we got big fat nothings.
Well...some had a tiny bit of color....the majority of what you see here is the remains of the plant/flowers...stuck to the fabric.....geesh. Our disappointment was pretty extreme. How come this didn't work???
So, the next morning we were up bright and early, determined to try again and save what we had already printed (or not printed as was the case). With trial and error and a lot of ingenuity......at the end of our time together....this is what I came home with.......stay with me.....I'll go through all the drama after a good nights sleep.
See what others have been creating this week: Nina-Marie's Off The Wall Friday, Whoop, Whoop, Fridays, Crazy Mom Quilts, Richard and Tanya Quilts.