Monday, February 18, 2013

Eco Printed Alabama Chanin dress



Here's the dress before it was eco printed.  Click HERE to see how it was made.

I really love the results of eco printed the dress with eucalyptus leaves.

 Here's the dress all bundled up with leaves and tied with cotton string.

My work space.





 I placed the leaves and folded it so I'd get a mirror image on the back.



Close up of the dress.

4 comments:

  1. Oh My GOOOOSSSSSHHHH! This is absolutely lovely. What an amazing job you did on this. Really. I am a huge Alabama Chanin fan (am desperately trying to get to one of their workshops!) and also love dyeing and you really created something wonderful. Well done!

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  2. Lovely natural colours. I'm wondering how it was dyed...i know that pressing some leaves can leave a good natural plant dye imprint. Was it just the eucalyptus leaves?

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  3. Lovely earth colours! Did the leaf print colours come from just the natural plant dye when wrapped tight....what mordant did you use if any? Or simply wrapped tight and boiled/simmered?? Which fabrics will it work on? You used wool jersey?....how about cotton jersey/T-shirt fabric?

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  4. Hi Amelia, Sorry it has taken me so...oo long to reply. I finally got these Google comments working. Ugg. I used just eucalyptus leaves to do the printing. I added about 1 cup of white vinegar in my pot of water as the mordant which is fine to use with wool or silk. Cotton needs to be treated differently. I boiled the leaves in a big pot of water for 1 hour. I then added my bundle and simmered it for another hour. I then turned off the heat and let it sit in the pot for several days. And then voila!!

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