I had a stalk of dried eucalyptus leaves waiting to be used, so I decided to experiment with bunch dyeing for the first time. I used a bamboo cloth pre-treated with soy milk and left for about a week for treatment.
When rolling the package, my son loved to put the leaves on the fabric. He saw what I was doing and instead of stopping to touch him, I let him get involved and had a lot of fun.
Below is the result of evaporation in one hour. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the piece!
I re-used the same leaves with the second piece to see if the second steam would produce more color or maybe different colors. This is an idea I read in one of India Flint’s books.
The color was as beautiful as the first package, and this time there were shades of yellow.
The leaves are used for the third time.
I was amazed at how much color could be extracted from just a handful of leaves. The third edition gave such a beautiful example.
Below are three experiments. It is under the first batch, and I discovered that the second evaporation (in the middle) produces the deepest coral with the largest color range.
Because of the small amount of plant material needed, package dyeing or, as is well known, eco printing is definitely the most economical way to dye plants.
In contrast, when adding color to a liquid paint bath, a 1: 1 ratio of plant material to fabric is used, and many colors are ‘wasted’ because they never stick to the fabric and are eventually spilled. processin. When preparing the ‘dye soup’, water plays the role of the average person and retains its color, but there is no middle person in the package dyeing; the color passes directly from the plant to the fiber, no color is wasted in the process. I also feel that I used less water than I used in the paint bath to evaporate the packs, although I have to measure the amount to be accurate.
After my first batch painting experience, I was already bent over and couldn’t wait to wait for more!
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