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naturally dyed poncho tees

Three different colors/patterns of poncho tees coming with me to Clover Market this weekend. The peachy-mauve color is from avocado skins & pits. The grey ponchos are dyed with Cutch and then bundle printed with wet leaves that had fallen during a big rain storm. And lastly, the sage green is pomegranate and iron salts - a favorite combination of mine. 

I designed these with the idea that the block printed pattern on the Mauve & Sage ponchos would run down the back, but they look just as great with the pattern on the front. Perfect layered with long sleeve tees in the Fall and worn slightly off the shoulder in summer. 

One of the things I love about working with natural dyes is that everything is truly one-of-a-kind. It's almost impossible to get the same result twice. These will be in my online shops in a couple of weeks. 

eco printing

I finally had a chance to do some eco printing (or eco dyeing) this weekend. It's so satisfying creating pattern and color from all natural materials. It was my first attempt and I'm completely hooked. Would love any tips or suggestions from more experienced natural dyers. 

Below are the simple steps that I took in order to create the fabric you see above.

Step 1: collect flower petals, leaves, berries, moss

Step 2: wet fabric and lay flat

Step 3: sprinkle or arrange your natural findings on the fabric.

Step 4: roll fabric tightly and wrap with twine

Step 5: let sit in a warm sunny spot for several days or steam in a pot for 1 - 1.5 hours (I steamed because I was eager to see the results)

Step 6: let stand and cool as long as possible (as long as possible for me was approximately 45 minutes)

Step 6: unroll, rinse and let fabric dry 

* You may also mordant the fabric prior to these steps in order to set the color and increase lightfastness.

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