Intro to cotton module
- Making mordants
- Choosing and gathering leaves
- Preparing leaves
- Choosing plant-based fabric and clothing
- Scouring plant-based fabric and clothing
- Mordanting cotton with iron
- Doing test prints
- Basic rolling and bundling technique: tank top
- Cooking eco-print bundles
- Rolling a piece of fabric
- Rolling garments with sleeves
- Combining alum and iron mordants
- Aftercare: washing, drying and wearing
- Eco-printing over failed or faded prints
Advanced Cotton module
Soy Milk Binder module
- Understanding the effect of soy milk binders
- Preparing cotton with a soymilk binder
- A shibori and rust rolled bundle
- Shibori and rust variation
- A simple rolled bundle with iron dipped leaves
- Making iron blankets and dye blankets
- Using the soy binder and blankets together
- Dye blankets on clothing
- Eco-printing on nylon
- More examples of eco-printing on nylon
Wool and shibori module
Choosing plant-based fabric and clothing
You also need to gather and wash some fabric and clothing to use for the rest of the course. Here are some guidelines for choosing fabric.
Types of plant-based fabric
While I focus on cotton in this ecourse, all the information also applies to other plant-based fibres such as linen or hemp. You can even use semi-synthethic fibres like rayon and other viscose fibres, which have been made from highly processed plant materials. But keep clear of acrylic fibres like polyester which have been made from petroleum, as the plant dyes will not bond to them. Nylon is an exception, as you will see in the Soy Milk Binder module.
You can use both knit (stretchy) or woven fabric. Knit fabric is sometimes slightly easier to roll or fold up into a bundle, but it doesn’t really matter. Just choose what you prefer, and what you know you will wear or use.
What to eco-print?
Through the course, I will demonstrate on tank tops, tshirts and pieces of fabric, but you might like to extend these techniques to dresses, white jeans, scarves, or other items. Any textile item that can be rolled or folded up can be used.
White fabric is the easiest to eco-print. But you can try some lightly coloured fabric too. It is possible to eco-print over pale synthetic dyes and it sometimes looks amazing, especially if the fabric is old and well washed:
Make sure that you also have some pieces of fabric for doing small tests on- just big enough to sandwich a leaf or two in between. If you have any small scraps of white cotton or pieces of old clothes those will work perfectly. Otherwise, old cotton bed sheets bought second hand are a cheap, good material that take the dye really well.