Where does the time go?

I seemed to have disappeared into my self these last several months. No blog posts, not even the thought of it!

Hopefully that will change. I mean it to, but you can never tell what will happen in the future.

I’ve been doing some eco printing. Not always successful, but don’t let the ‘failures’ keep me from trying again.

My most recent experiment came after reading a post on Facebook about using alum acetate followed by calcium carbonate for cellulose fabrics. Had a linen shirt that needed a facelift….. it’s eco prints were fading out. So decided to try this new method on it. I was very happy with the results! Definitely not as messy as my usual technique.

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There is more color than shows up in the photos. Also was intrigued by the guava prints….. have never gotten the rusty orange from them before!

I also made four “West Fork” tee-shirts for the guys in my life…… should have made 5, sorry Corey!….. didn’t realize our time in Portland would overlap by a night. Should’ve made one for you too 😦

West Fork is a side canyon in Oak Creek Canyon…… a beautiful place to hike!  I gathered leaves from a day excursion there and printed some tee-shirts. Oak, walnut, wild rose, blackberry, cranesbill, fern and some other plant that was perhaps meadow rue. The blackberry left no prints, much to my surprise! And neither did the meadow rue.

The shirts are pre-mordanted like crazy. First alum acetate and washing soda, then tannin, then the first combo again…….. then as a final hedge, soy milk. Have to admit, it was worth it! For the first time ever I got great oak leaf and fern prints!

After the eco print simmering, they went in for a quick indigo dip (while still bundled) to simulate the water in the creek.

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Was going to show photos of two of the West Fork shirts…… but it’s taking too long for the photos to upload.

I have errands to run….. my last day off before I leave on my grand adventure! 😀

Two weeks in Portland. Now that might not sound like a grand adventure to many….. but during that time I will be attending a 5 day workshop with Irit!!! I am SO excited!! My eco printing will definitely change after this workshop, for the better I believe.

Am hoping my arm will hold up to it. Remember when I broke my arm/elbow a couple of years ago? Well, a month or so ago I fell on the stairs at work……. and where did I land? You guessed it, my arm! It was not broken again……. although amazingly swollen and bruised. And ever since then it’s been bothering me. Went to the chiropractor two days ago (had gone when it first happened too)….. she put everything back in place (muscles and cartilage were out of place, shoulder was not quite in it’s socket). She knows about the workshop I’m heading to and told me to buy an elbow brace for it…… no heavy lifting, or wringing out fabric with that arm……yeah, right.  But even if it pains me, I will do it all! I’ve been looking forward to this for over 6 months….. won’t let a bit of pain keep me down.

I’ll post photos of the workshop when I get home! Promise!!