Friday, June 24, 2016

Finishing and using eco-printed fabrics

Janine here...

After the cooking is done, and eco-printed fabrics have been allowed to rest, then dried, then gently laundered and dried again, and then ironed... what to do with the stash?

Below are the fabrics printed during a two day intensive workshop - yikes!

Some printed pieces can benefit from added colour. For example, the piece below was printed with Japanese maple, then rusted a little. I think that the rust colour is a good complement for the purple-grey.

Ready-made silk scarfs can be purchased on-line, or printed from silk or wool scarfs from thrift stores. These made great gifts and often sell well.  Here's an example of a lovely complex print on a light silk scarf.

Although I love the results of eco-printing, I'm still learning about how to use them in finished pieces.  I hope that, if you are following this blog, you'll send along your ideas for finishing and using your eco-prints.  

I've stitched individual pieces that 'spoke' to me - keeping the stitching relatively simple to (hopefully) enhance the beauty of the print.  Here's an example:

I'm beginning to think about whether I could put several eco-printed pieces together to make a large, pieced work - here's one mock-up that I did recently - I add and subtract pieces... auditioning. The pieces are pinned to a piece of foam core - ignore the red, it's the carpet. :

I think that many eco-printed fabrics would make great journal covers. I haven't done much with journals yet. I greatly admire the work that Peta Bailey does with journal covers - see her work at

Please, everyone, share your ideas for finishing and using your eco-printed fabrics - I know there are people out there who are doing wonderful things.

Back to Judith... and Judith,  I hope that you'll share photos of the eco-printed pieces in your recent show - the stitching was a beautiful complement for each piece.


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    Pojagi a variety of cloths together

  2. oh oh ... looks like I can't include a picture of my pojagi piece. Any suggestions how to show?

  3. This is what I do with my pieces, it´s wool./ Elisabet

  4. You might want to check out this artist's work: . Thanks for all your wonderful posts! - Andy

  5. Thank you everyone, for the wonderful ideas and websites. I have a pile of rusty things and eco=printed things I am hoarding........

  6. Janine, I just LOVE what you and Judith have done this month! So much great information, and I want to put it all in my Eco printing journal. I'll also add your mordant information to the table I'm building. Thanks a bunch for all of it. I'll be posting some pics soon of what I'm doing with my finished pieces.

  7. This was the most inspiring month ever on this blog. I bought some alum, got the India Flint book from interlibrary loan, and started to work. So far nothing worth posting. Lots of color, but not many clear successful leaf prints. I am not discouraged though and will try again and again until I get it right. Bugbane and purple ninebark appear the most promising. I was reading in the Flint book about post-mordants to bring out the color. Traditionally, one of these is fermented urine. Which made the silly idea pop into my head that we could add a postscript to the title of my favorite blog, " . . .and then we pee on it." Haven't tried it yet! Lynn


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