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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Eco Printing

 The piece below is my favorite fabric - cotton and silk - it has a substantial but soft hand and takes the print and color so beautifully! 

I've become totally obsessed with eco printing/dyeing.  I have learned a lot from my experience these past few weeks - there is no better learning than doing.  Last week, I used onion skins, red cabbage, leaves and copper pipes.  Here are some of the results:
 I used many varieties of fabric - all silk/wool or with some silk content as that is my fabric of choice and the results are quite varied.  I used chiffon, gauze, habotai, etamine, silk mix of something that I picked up at the bazaar in Amsterdam for a song - shiny on one side and it was so inexpensive that I couldn't quite believe that it was silk - but it dyed so beautifully with maple leaves.  

I'm in awe of nature and the color she produces.  I've looked everywhere for a source of eucalyptus and put out a desperate call to FB friends and alas, a kind friend is sending me some and  I have ordered more varieties since I want to make some of those lovely reddish prints; I have learned that in order to achieve that, lots depend on many conditions - variety, time of year and other factors.  I can't wait to experiment further.


  1. Glad I saw this. I, too, have been obsessed with eco-printing for about a year and a half. I am hoping to get some needed tweaks in my process/style ( adore adding everything) when I meet Terrie Kwong on Monday in British Columbia. Love seeing what you are doing, margo!

  2. Thanks Ginny! Let me know how it goes with Terrie! How exciting.

  3. OMG I love, love your fabrics! I'd too timid to try printing buy am always looking for these treasures. Let us know if you are ever interested in selling these beauties.


    1. Thank you Karen! Once I have enough for my projects, I will be listing some of these experimental pieces in my etsy shop - her majesty margo I plan to make many more!

  4. Beautiful results! It's such fun experimenting!

  5. Suztats - thank you so much - YES, I love it and now I have more time to play :-)