Wednesday, 30 April 2014

It worked!

 

I got the eucalyptus leaves from Hardy's florist, and set to work.  The scarf had been soaking in a vinegar solution to mordant it in advance of starting the printing process.  I laid the felted scarf out on my longest studio bench, placed a line of leaves along it, folded it in half lengthwise so that the leaves were covered, and rolled it in a bundle around some plastic pipe.  I secured the rolled bundle with elastic bands and jute twine, then steamed it in (a non-food use) electric steamer for 1 hour.  I removed it, and left it to cool over night.  I unwrapped it today, and you can see the amazing colour that the eucalyptus gives on the wool.

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  1. Amazing results Michele, the intensity of the colour is incredible. Does it turn orange because of the vinegar? Bet you can't wait to try more!

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    1. I don't think it's the vinegar that turns it orange; it just acts as a mordant as far as I know.

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