Botanical Alchemy – ecoprint, plant dyes, itajime and indigo

Ecoprint, itajime and indigo silk scarfFlat crepe silk scarf with rhubarb, madder, indigo, cotinus coggygria, coreopsis, itajime

Summer has flown by and though I have neglected to post here recently I have been collecting plant material for dye vats and contact prints, scouring and mordanting )mostly silk), starting and reviving indigo vats, dye baths and bundling, stitching and clamping shibori resists, stitching rolled hems, photo record keeping (trying to keep up), and then selling much of what comes out of all this activity at my local village market.

Here are some of the results of my summer:

Cotinus Cogyggria and black tea scarf

Flat crepe silk scarf with madder, black tea, cotinus coggygria, coreopsis

Ecoprint silk crepe scarf

Silk crepe with madder, rhubarb, cotinus coggygria, coreopsis, itajime

Paul Klee scarf

Silk charmeuse with rhubarb, madder, indigo, cotinus coggygria, cutch, coreopsis, itajime ( the colours and textures in this one remind of the paintings of Paul Klee)

Summer flowers silk scarf

Flat crepe with onion skins and coreopsis

Itajime, indigo and rhubarb silk scarf

Crepe de Chine with rhubarb, madder, indigo, cotinus coggygria, coreopsis, itajime

Silk charmeuse and coreopsis

Silk charmeuse with cotinus coggygria, coreopsis, cutch and black tea

Summer flowers and onion skin scarf

Crepe de Chine with onion skins, coreopsis, cotinus coggygria and rose leaves

Ruffled ecoprint shawl

Crepe de Chine silk shawl, double sided with ruffle – St JohnsWort, goldenrod, indigo, maple leaves, cotinus coggygria, coreopsis, itajime

10 thoughts on “Botanical Alchemy – ecoprint, plant dyes, itajime and indigo

  1. rayela

    They are gorgeous, Morgen! One of the things that I really like about your botanical dyes is the richness of colors you achieve. And, how you blend them into a cohesive pattern. Some of the eco dyes I’ve seen out there look really splotchy and dirty. They are ok, but what you are doing rocks! 🙂

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    1. morgenmaker Post author

      Thank you Rachel. I find that too – I don’t like the dirty colours I see a lot and try for clean and complex colour. I use less or no iron, and I work them several times in different processes 🙂

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  2. Anna

    These are really really nice! Love the all. May I ask how do you mordant silk? I use soy milk and it works well but wondering waht do you use.

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