Soy Milk Binder


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This module of Living Colour guides you through different methods of eco-printing on fabric prepared with a soy milk binder. If you want to get brighter, longer lasting eco-prints on plant-based fabric, soy milk is the answer!

Each week I demonstrate a specific technique in a video lesson. There are also written notes and photos to supplement your learning.

You will learn about:

  • Choosing and preparing cotton, linen and nylon
  • Which leaves to eco-print with
  • Making and using soy milk binders and iron mordants
  • Making and using iron and dye blankets
  • Cooking bundles in a dyebath

The techniques you learn can be mixed and matched to provide endless possible results.

You will have ongoing access to all course materials so you can work through it at your own pace and keep coming back for more inspiration.

This course is offered with variable pricing levels – read more here, then choose a price with your heart, based on your circumstances and the value of the course to you.

Please note that all prices are in Australian Dollars. If you live outside Australia, head here to convert them into your currency before you decide which level to go with.

Pricing Levels

Seed: If you are full of potential like a seed, but needing lots of support right now, join at the Seed Level and let this community nourish you.

Sapling: If you are feeling a little more established, consider joining at the Sapling Level. Your support helps keep the variable pricing model sustainable.

Tree: Trees give us so much – clean air, shade, beauty. Thanks for giving generously and joining at the Tree Level. This is my usual price for a course of this length.

Forest: A forest is a living, interconnected organism. If you are able to join at the Forest Level, you’ll be supporting this whole community to flourish.




  • Welcome
  • Acknowledgement of Country

Week 1: Preparation

  • Choosing fabric and clothing
  • Preparing fabric with a soy milk binder
  • Creating an iron mordant
  • Materials list

Week 2: Shibori, dye baths and rust

  • Understanding the effect of soy milk binders
  • Project 1: A shibori and rust rolled bundle
  • Variations
  • Aftercare: washing, drying and wearing eco-printed items

Week 3: Iron-dipped leaves on soy

  • Substantive and mordant dyes
  • Project 2: A simple rolled bundle with iron-dipped leaves
  • Comparisons of plain and iron-dipped leaves on fabric prepared with soy milk

Week 4: Iron and dye blankets on soy

  • Making iron blankets and dye blankets
  • Project 3: Using the soy binder and blankets together

Week 5: Eco-printing on nylon

  • Project 4: Eco-printing on nylon
  • More examples of eco-printing on nylon
  • Bonus – Project 5: Dye blankets over clothing
  • Final thoughts