Alongside all these yarn samples, I made leaf prints. I sprayed my fabrics in vinegar (as India Flint recommends in her beautiful book Eco-Colour: follow the link on her blog and support her that way if buying online: it is in the left hand sidebar). Next, I sandwiched the leaves between two layers of fabric, wrapped them tightly around cast iron pipe and cooked them in rainwater for about three hours.
Here is my suspected E Scoparia before cooking: I got a small sample and only what I could reach, and when I got it home, there was a lot of evidence of insect activity!
I also set up some E Sideroxylon leaf prints, which as I have now confided in you, were not E Sideroxylon at all! Some on recycled hemp shorts (I’ve decided that I am allowed to use the fabric of garments I no longer like/want for other purposes), and some on some hemp/silk fabric I ordered online. Here is one piece of what used to be a pair of shorts, before:
I am planning to make a leaf-printed shirt, but I am a bit scared. I mordanted this fabric months ago. I have a great pattern. I did not expect this fabric to have one silk face and one hemp face, and I can’t decide which is the’ right’ side. So I set up one sample on the silk face and one on the hemp face. Here are the results.
So… I think the silk side might be the ‘right’ side. Feel free to offer alternative opinions! And I might use a different tree for the shirt prints when I gather my courage.