For my first experimentation with this, I decided to begin with 100% cotton fabric. I mordanted the cloth with milk and wood ash. My plan was to bundle the fabric with a variety of leaves, along with a few twigs I had picked up off the ground at my son's home, and throw in a few onion skins I had in my stash of dye stuffs. After soaking these items in water to make them more pliable, I laid them out on the fabric. To add a little color, I had a jar with some saved blackberry juice, left over when making pie. This juice I poured in very small amounts on some of the empty spaces on the cloth, rolled it all up, tied it with string to hold everything tight, and stored it in my pump house, where I left if for 4 weeks.
|Poinsettia leaves, copper T-pipes.|
|Madrona leaves, iron blade, copper pipes.|
|Poinsettia leaves with copper T-pipes on cotton.|
|Madrona tree leaves, iron blade, copper pipes on cotton.|
Having thought that I might like to do some sewing with these fabrics if they turned out, I had wound off 30 yds.of a nice cotton quilting thread into a skein and put it in the dye bath with the bundles and let it simmer with them the last hour. The thread blends nicely with both fabrics.