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!!


17 thoughts on “Where does the time go?

  1. The shirts are fantastic! Brilliant to add the bit of blue, it really sets off the prints. Have a wonderful time in Portland with your family and with your art!

  2. I am just now realizing that you use actual leaves and things to make these. I would like to make prints using wildflowers and stuff from our woods. This is neat. Looking forward to hearing about your trip.

  3. Ah, I am so excited for you! I know how much you look forward to your time in Portland, I really wish ALL will go well, journey, arm… everything will be above your expectation! And can’t wait to hear all about it. Love, m.

    • I will tell you ALL about it Monika!!
      And it’s true….. any time in Portland is a good time for me. Love being with my kids….. not to mention little Ellie, who is growing by leaps and bounds!
      With the addition of a workshop…… it couldn’t get any better 😀
      Love you

      • Julie, i know how you love dyeing and eco printing. I remember how i felt going and being at the dyeing workshop last year. So when i think if it all, you in Portland, Irut, your family there … i just get so happy and excited for you! !! Sorry for repeating this but its such a strong feeling. ..

    • 😀 I had an elbow brace even before I left the chiropractor’s office! I’ve been using it when I chop veggies for dinner, when I iron and at work (lifting those kaleidoscopes is heavy work…. ha ha). Just to get used to wearing it.
      I will take lots of photos Maple! Both cameras are fully charged and ready for the trip.

  4. More good thoughts for your workshop starting tomorrow-YAY!!!! Have read about the blueberry picking and know you are already having a great time.. Good luck with the arm “issue”–so pleased you are there and ..oh I like what you have done with the shirts in this post! xx

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