As part of my plan to work with the seasons I have been eco printing silk scarves in plenty time to stock my shop for Christmas.
I normally steam all my scarves but I’ve bought a huge aluminium pot for fabric dyeing so I thought I’d boil some scarves to see how they would turn out. I love the effect of the twine from tying the bundles. I got some beautiful and unusual asymmetrical scarves, that also have a mirror image effect from the folding.
This is all one scarf, it has sweet chestnut leaves and geranium.
Close up of a sweet chestnut leaf.
This shows a print from the other side of a leaf, with twine marks.
I love the way the pattern is graded along the length of the scarf, almost like 2 scarves in one, the other end is much lighter.
I think this scarf is my favourite out of this batch, I love the asymmetrical ends, the rose leaves and the twine marks. Can you see the ‘butterflies’?
The folding with leaves and onion skins create symmetry.
I steamed some scarves as well, these two have been dyed with a food based dye before placing the leaves.
This one was left the natural silk colour, this scarf has some gorgeous leaf prints showing the detailing from the veins.
There are more photos and more silk scarves over in my Etsy shop if you would like a look.
I love the eco dying process so much, working with foliage connects me with nature, and sometimes a memorable walk, but also I love not being totally in control and working with serendipity, but of course I don’t always win them all. I printed a cotton T shirt and it looked like someone had washed the floor with it. Not a good look.
I have to prune my apple trees soon, I hope to make a dye from the shoots and leaves, then make a Japanese cross over back apron top, more to follow.