What was this piece of fabric mordanted with? I notice the lovely reddish brown leaves. I’ve so far only mordanted with iron and am almost exclusively getting blue prints (except with cinerea leaves which produce a deep orange).
Hi Adriana, this was mordanted with iron again. The general rule is leaves that print orange or red on wool will print brown on iro-mordanted cotton, and leaves that print tan or very pale yellow on wool will print blue or sometimes green on iron-mordanted cotton. The ones that print brown on cotton tend to be silvery blue leaves like the cinerea, or other lighter, slightly ‘milky’ green leaves. The blue prints are more common, I have to travel to get leaves that print brown on cotton!
Hi Louis, how can i steam a piece of fabric when is roll it in a stick?
Like, if I’m using 100 centimeters of fabric, and I don’t want to fold it in a half because I don’t want a symmetrical prints, and I roll it in a stick. how can the stick fits in the pot? Do I need a special pot? or which is the name of that kind of steaming pots?
Hi Karla, there are a few different options. You could just roll the fabric around itself or around a rope, then it will be flexible and can fit in a small steaming pot. Or if you really want to use a stick, I suggest submerging it in water instead of steaming. If it is too tall for your pot, just turn the stick around halfway through cooking so that both ends get some time cooking in the water.
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