cat’s prowl and pumpkin gleam—trick or treat

yellowish color markings of cat cut out on banana leaf, and reddish-orange from eucalyptus (for pumpkin)

Halloween or “All Hollow’s Eve is a fun holiday celebrated on the night of October 31st. It is an evening filled with activities of dressing up in masks and costumes, houses decorated with spider webs and carved pumpkins, trick-or-treating for candies, and bonfires. The bonfire is an ancient belief of the ancient Gaels. The fire is bait for insects to attract bats to the area; the masks and costumes were worn in the attempt to appease the evil spirits.

To celebrate this holiday, I eco-printed this tee-shirt to wear for Halloween. I traced a drawing of a cat on a piece of banana leaf, and used eucalyptus leaves to depict pumpkins. Then, I bundled it up and steamed in a log wood dye bath.  Hope you have a scary and blood howling Halloween!

Prowling in the dark of night,
In the shadows, in dim light
The black cat’s hidden out of sight
But on this eco-printed Tee
A cat and pumpkin can be seen
It’s made to wear on Halloween
written by John Bower, 2014

front view of cat and pumpkin on a shadowy night

back view–a generous display of eucalyptus in reddish orange and yellow

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“A smile is worth a thousand words, live happy, sew happier, dye happiest.”

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2 Responses to cat’s prowl and pumpkin gleam—trick or treat

  1. Veronica Roth says:

    Hi there Melinda, I’ve found your wonderful blog trying to figure out eco printing. I love what you’ve achieved and I love some of the wonderful colours and textures you have; especially that eucalyptus orange! Wow! Unfortunately, I live in Canada, and, even though I’m on the mild West Coast, it’s too cold for that eucalyptus. (sigh) Anyway, I’ve linked to your blog form mine (in my little attempt at eco printing), because I just went thru practically all your posts and loved each one and wanted to share your blog with my friends. 😀


    • mltai says:

      Hi Veronica,
      Thank you so much for visiting and sharing my blog. I love to read yours too. It is wonderful to know that you also like the colors from eucalyptus. It is unfortunate that it dont grow well in Canada…brrr too cold. Whenever you decide to visit sunny California….don’t hesitate to connect and bring home bushels of them..(dried ones of cos). Take care and keep in touch. Have a wonderful October


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