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Eco bundling

Finding myself home alone for a weekend, it was the perfect opportunity to finally make some more dye bundles.

Since attending Fabienne Dorsman-Rey’s eco-printing workshop in the New Forest last month I haven’t had much time to practice all that I’ve learned, so it was with much joy that I set to.

Having been on a walk at Stourhead gardens the previous week, I had already collected & pressed a wide variety of autumn leaves to experiment with. A pile of pre-mordanted fabrics and felts was waiting for me and out in the garden some rhododendron, eucalyptus bark and eucalyptus leaves were soaking for the dye vats, so all that remained was to do the actual bundling.

Eucalyptus bark soaking

Eucalyptus bark soaking

Variety of (rusty) metals to incorporate into bundles

Variety of (rusty) metals to incorporate into bundles

Rhododendron vat after first cook

Rhododendron vat after first cook

I plan to leave this bundles for at least a month to let time do its thing, but in anticipation (and as a little reward to myself) I finally unwrapped the last few remaining bundles from the New Forest.

Unwrapping the last remaining bundles from the workshop

Unwrapping the last remaining bundles from the workshop – steamed eucalyptus

The last bundle from the New Forest workshop finally reveals it prints and patterns (detail)

The last bundle from the New Forest workshop finally reveals it prints and patterns (detail)

  1. brilliant blog! Having dyed fabrics with Procion for many years I have now discovered a whole new world of subtle colour.
    Thank you for sharing your fun.
    Best wishes
    Janet

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