Tag Archives: cotton

why do leaf decay?

Leaf decay is a complex mechanism involving bacterial, fungal and chemical processes. As the plant material is broken down, numerous intermediate chemicals are formed, some water-soluble, and some not. Organic acids and tannin also result in leaf decomposition. These new … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, stork’s-bill weed

Last weekend, the sun was nice and warm with a cool breeze. It was a perfect day to be outside this time of the year, weeding and cleaning up the garden. Some of our fruit trees are budding, and the … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, muscari on cellulose fiber

Following up on last week’s post, ‘eco stain with muscari’, that focus on using a kitchen rolling-pin for color compression on a piece of fabric. I was delighted with the deep violet color from muscari by using this simple technique. … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, seeded eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is one of my favorite medium and I used it frequently in my work. I am fortunate to have access to a few eucalyptus trees in my neighborhood, and hiking trails where it take me through lots of them. … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, cotton and linen

A good friend asked me if I have had good experience with natural dyeing with cotton fabric. I told her that I had some bad ones and a few fair to good results. Unlike silk, wool, mohair, and alpaca which are classified as protein … Continue reading

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unwrapping a gift from the compost pile

Following up last December’s post; I buried two fabric bundles in which I had wrapped kitchen scrapes: carrots, grapefruit, orange, onion, pomegranate, eucalyptus barks, kale, cabbage, lemon, tea and coffee grains. I buried them in a heap of compost and earth outside in the cold … Continue reading

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eco dyed 2013

This was last year work and there are some pieces that I didn’t share here on this blog. Thought I take this opportunity to do it before I get overwhelmed with other projects. *Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without … Continue reading

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happy new year 2014!

Here’s wishing each and everyone of you who follows my blog–all the best and a year filled with good health and joy. Thanks for all your likes and comments! To usher in the new year, I like to share pictures of … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: compost and earth dyeing

Compost and earth dyeing is an inexpensive and novel idea to utilize kitchen scraps and waste materials from our compost bin for natural dyeing. Some common items that will give color are: coffee grounds, tea leaves, carrot tops or skins, … Continue reading

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weekly bundle: rust dyeing on cotton and silk

Rust dyeing is an interesting method of surface printing that adds dimension to fabrics, such as cellulose or animal fiber. Cellulose fiber are cotton and linen, and animal fiber are wool, and silk. When using iron on silk, caution should … Continue reading

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