Our guest writer today is Terriea Kwong who has very kindly written a tutorial for us about eco printing onto silk.
This is the basic and simple way to do prints on silk chiffon.
1. Materials used : eucalyptus cinerea leaves (silver dollar), 100% silk chiffon, vinegar, paper core roll, string and rubber bands. Well wash the fabric before use. Can be used when it’s wet or after it’s dried.
2. Before putting leaves over the chiffon, dip in vinegar water.
3. Put the leaves over chiffon, 2-3 folds diagonally, put a little more leaves over it.
4. Then half fold it.
5. Roll up with the paper core roll tightly.
6. Bundle with rubber band, then tie with string.
7. Boil with some eucalyptus barks and the same sort of euc leaves (silver dollar) with 1/4 cup of vinegar.
8. After 1.5-2 hours boiling, unbundle it. The dye pot can be re-used.
9. Dark when it’s still wet.
10. Remove all leaves.
11. Dry in shade, then rinse and dry in air.
12. A scarf is made.
Tie lines and shades of eucalyptus leaves prints:
Soft and airy scarf:
This is silk chiffon, so color is a bit soft:
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