Some time ago I acquired some pecan leaves from a tree grown by my friends. They were always destined for the dye pot! Some prints turned out crisper than others, but overall I loved these prints. They were printed onto leftovers from a skirt lining and some other plain cotton fabric I bought at a church fete… it clearly had a weaving defect of some kind that meant none of the selvedges and none of the grain in the fabric ran straight. Best not used for clothing, perhaps, but I have had a great time taking it from plain white to all kinds of other treasures.
Once I had pieced all the oddly shaped sections together, I had four decent sized panels, and the challenge of choosing which I would prefer on the outside and which for the inside.
In what turns out to be just about a signature of my sewing, I preferred the pieced together panels to some of the whole leaf prints.
But the whole leaf prints were good too.
I decided to give this bag to some friends who live locally. I often see them in the distance with one calico bag or another in hand or over shoulder… so it seemed likely this would be useful to them. And I love that they live nearby and that they are fellow carers for the neighbourhood and its people. I slipped it in their letterbox with a little card…