I always seem to do my eco prints with the same process these days…
1. soak fabric in sea salt water
2. dip the leaves in rusty egg vinegar rain water and place on fabric
3. roll around a copper (or sometimes iron) pipe
4. heat in water, either a large pot or a pressure cooker
Why am I always doing this way? Because I’ve had nice results I suppose.
Today… while I’m supposedly cleaning house for company tomorrow, I decided to do one of the tee-shirts that I’d soaked in soy milk. Just as is (I normally would have also soaked it in washing soda, and then soaked it in sea salt water).
I asked myself….. what if you don’t do that? So I didn’t!
I took the shirt and dampened it in rain water….. threw some eucalyptus leaves on it and rolled it up, without a pipe or stick, and tossed it into the pressure cooker along with a little madder dye. Then I went back to doing housework while it ‘cooked’.
And the results are not that bad!
I have a couple of other soy soaked shirts that I will take on a road trip in a couple of weeks….. I’m helping my daughter Lilly move to Portland (sigh, now ALL of my children will be far away). On this road trip we will be passing through northern California and I am going to gather eucalyptus along the way and bundle the shirts with what I find. They will become a memento of my road trip.