an artists' view

an artists' view

Saturday, 14 November 2015

leaves dipped in iron water

 The whole piece of silk

The Bundle; steaming
I dipped the leaves (fig leaves, and a plant I can't identify) into iron water for a couple of days, and left them there.
Wrapped them into a bundle of silk cloth; no mordant; an aluminium steamer. It's never cleaned in between dyepots, so has remnants of all sorts of plant dye in it.
I left it for a couple of days, after steaming it. Then unwrapped; and I think it's come out rather well! Am leaving it to settle for a bit; then I will iron it to fix it, which will flatten the fabric.
I'm rather happy with the results.


  1. Lovely, I have fig leaves, never thought of dyeing with them, I think I feel another bundle session coming on if there are any left on my very small tree.

  2. I'm quite impressed with the results Debbie......Mine's a small tree in a pot.

  3. Just re-reading this post, I must try dipping the leaves first, hadn't thought of that.

  4. I left them in the iron water for about 24 hours Debbie....tried it with leaves just dipped into the water, and it was pretty disappointing.


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