so i opened up my first ecodyes of this year the other day! they had been sitting out on my front steps for what seemed like quite awhile? i let them pretty much dry out completely anyway! they felt completely dried out and when i opened them up they were only slightly damp in the very center. i think they turned out pretty good!
so, have a look!
2017-01 -the one on the left, i used leaves from the fall that i had saved in the freezer. both had been simmered in water that pine needled had been previously simmered/soaked in.
so then this is what it looked like closer up from right to left..
the leaves used were some kinda maple, red oak, some kind of crab apple & mountain ash. the maple left some green colours which i found kinda interesting! the crab apple was more brownish and i have found crab apples to be more purpleish in the past.. the mountain ash did ok.. but i dont know, i have only used red oak a few times because there are not many around here, but i have not had much luck with them. burr oak are a lot more common and i have always had really good results with those leaves.. it's too bad, cause i really like the shape of the red oak leaves!
anyway.. this is what it looked like on the back..
2017-02 -this one was a pine experiment! the pine needles were simmered for 10min or so the night before then left to soak overnight, then i let them soak in some iron mordant for a little bit, just while i prepared the above one, so not that terribly long.. i will have to try another couple experiments with letting it soak longer, and then one without iron at all and see how that does..
a closer view from right to left..
i guess it's not really close enough to see the detail too well is it? oh well.. i like the way it turned out anyway! i am really interested in seeing how it looks after it is washed and ironed though!
this is the back of it..
fun stuff. there's this fabric sale coming up in a couple weeks at this church. i went to it last year, we went towards the end and everything was 50% off, there was LOTS of fabric.. a hall full of tables stacked full of it! and it was cheap! they had small pieces, under a meter, and big pieces 5 or more meters long.. all kinds, all colours.. but i got lots of different fabric for dyeing last year and i hope to again this year! i also wanna make a patchwork quilt of some sort, so i want to get small pieces of fabric for that. i want to make a colourful one and i want to make a dyed one.. so lots of stuff to work on i suppose. anyway.. off on a tangent there i suppose. not much as far as plant life out there yet.