Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Eco dyeing has sure made me a lot more observant of the plants in my neighborhood. Reading through India Flint's book, Eco-Colour, I have learned that a lot of the plants she uses for dyeing and prints just aren't plants that one can find here in Colorado. Eucalyptus, for example, sure won't find that here. But it gives such a lovely orange-red color. Never fear, it's a favorite of florist so I went out and bought a bunch, came home and started a hot bundle using a piece of ivory colored silk. I probably did not steam it long enough, but I did get some lovely red prints.

 Kind of like the green ones too, but wish I would have left it to steam longer so I would have gotten more of the red color.
 For this print I used a scrap of habotai silk that I had dyed in onion skins many years ago. It was just a very pale yellow to start with. I bundled up aspen leaves (most plentiful in Colorado) and some small red leaves from a bush outside my house. Wish I knew what the name of the plant is, but it yielded a lovely red color. Aspen prints are very pale but did provide some green.
This next piece is my favorite. Started with another piece of the onion skin dyed habotai silk and this time wrapped some lavender sweet peas in it. This was a cold bundle. Didn't get any of the lavender color, which I have gotten in the past, but I love the lovely greens and khaki colors. And most of all I love all the wrinkles in the fabric and the striations from the rubber bands. I think I will leave it as is, not press out the wrinkles, and use it for texture in a landscape piece.

Looking forward to the fall when the aspens, oaks and maples start turning colors. I'm sure they will yield some rich color for my dye pot.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


While waiting for eco bundles to do their magic I have been doing a bit of primitive stitching. Meet Mimi and Pearl. Two little girls from the past who have a lot to say. More to come.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eco Printing and Dyeing

First attempts at eco dyeing and printing. All ideas were taken from India Flint's wonderful book, Eco Colour. For all of you who are not into chemicals this is a wonderful book to have. This is stress free dyeing because you don't have to worry about what you are touching or inhaling. My kind of fun.
 Silk dyed with aspen leaves. Stayed a lovely pale yellow for a week and then the browns starting migrating in.
 Maple leaf prints on silk.

Yellow onion skin prints on an old ivory colored silk shirt that I ripped apart. I knew I was saving that shirt for something.
 More onion skins prints.
 Aspen leaves on silk.
 More aspen leaves.
 Cottonwood prints on silk. Folded the fabric in half over the leaf before rolling into a bundle. One side printed better than the other.
Close up of cottonwood print.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


There is nothing more beautiful than the textures nature provides us with. These photos were taken on a recent hike in the White River National Forest outside of Aspen,Colorado. I'm in love with mushrooms.  Delicate Mariposa lily
 Lichens and moss on bark
Years of growth
 Love the color of this mushroom
And these little puff balls with prickly surface

Monday, August 1, 2011


"...it is necessary
to reteach a thing its lovliness,
to put a hand on its brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing."

Galway Kinnell