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Wildlife ornaments: awesome silk eco-print


Natural materials and fabrics are not in vain more expensive than artificial ones. If we talk about such exquisite fabric as silk, then its high price is justified by a number of obvious advantages. Silk is very pleasant to the body, it does not electrify like synthetic fabrics and allows you to escape from the heat. It turns out he has another interesting quality - this material can be dyed with natural pigments. Here is an interesting technique that allows you to create unique prints using ordinary leaves.

You will need:

  • Cut silk fabric (or silk scarf);
  • fresh leaves;
  • vinegar;
  • film;
  • wooden block or metal cylinder;
  • large saucepan with grill;
  • rusty metal objects such as nails, etc. (optional);
  • white thread;

To begin, prepare plant material. It is best to give preference to thin green leaves that have good pigmentation. Ideal young shoots and fresh grass. Spread the leaves by placing them between the pages of the books. Do not use additional load - enough of the minimum pressure. To prevent the pages from sticking together, the leaves should be without a trace of water.

Silk dyeing in a similar way is possible due to the fact that, like other animal fibers, it contains protein. That is why ordinary vinegar helps to gain a foothold with natural pigments. You can use the technique including to refresh an old dress or even a second-hand thing.

Prepare a composition of three parts white vinegar and a portion of water. Soak the silk in liquid for thirty minutes, and then lay it out on a flat surface covered with film. The leaves are laid out on the surface of the silk. If you use only the green pigment of the leaves, the print will be pretty pale.

A little secret will help to make the border more clear.

To add contrast, pre-soak the leaves in water, along with rusty metal objects. The smaller the rust concentration, the less bright the print will be. Test your leaves on inexpensive natural fabric, such as cotton. You can skip the “rusty water” step, but in this case the pattern will be paler.

If the scarf or fabric cut is quite wide, fold the silk in half. In this case, one sheet will paint the fabric at once with two sides.

Cover silk with leaves with a layer of film so that the layers do not stain each other. Spin the silk roll around a wooden block or metal tube. Align the edges by gently straightening the fabric with your hands. Secure the fabric with white thread.

Make as many cuts as you need to dye them in one go.

To fix the paint you need to boil the fabric in boiling water. It is best if there is a grill on the bottom of the pan. Put the rolls on it and start cooking. The smell may not be very pleasant, so boil on the street or under a good hood. To make the fabric dye better, periodically turn the rolls. Boil need about two hours. After that, leave the rolls to cool in water.

Unfold the cooled silk, remove the leaves and allow the cloth to dry.

Each sheet will leave a print in its own color. "Rusty water" provides a clear outline of the pattern.

It is impossible to wash such products with soap. Use PH-neutral hand wash.

The color that each sheet creates can be tested on inexpensive cotton. However, the intensity of the color on it may be different.

Create entire collections!

It remains only to iron the scarf on the mode for silk. A unique thing is ready.