Natural dyeing – the results!

Here we are … some of the fabrics I printed last year and just washed out.  I’m rinsing out about three pieces a day so even this is taking time!

I printed this one with a gocco screen.  It started out as an eraser which I carved to make a stamp, printed to make a repeating pattern then I scanned it into the computer and enlarged it and printed it out.   I then overprinted it with a screen made from a letter.  This is the washed out version – it doesn’t actually look much lighter than the original (some of them lost quite a lot of colour).  I think this is logwood.  Most of these are printed on silk.

house fabric ,

house fabric flat

This one is a screen made from a photo of a tree.  I printed and overprinted it in three colours of natural dyes.  This one did wash out quite a lot but I kind of like the subtle effect.  This is the unwashed version:


And this is the washed out one.  Quite a difference, as you can see.  But I quite like it in parts.

tree fabric

This one changed the most.  It consists of two screens.  One is a gocco screen made from a stamp I carved of a bird’s foot.  I printed this one first.  Then the second screen is a blank screen with roughly torn masking tape stuck across it – it is supposed to look a bit like cracked mud. 

mud and bird print before rinsing

This is the washed out version – I like it more because you can see the bird prints more clearly.  The mud cracks are in two or three different shades of brown – this is just a detail of the whole piece.

mud and bird print fabric

I don’t think I have a ‘before’ photo of this tree, but it is clay painted using ochres from Clearwell Caves, some caves in the Forest of Dean which are also ancience iron mines.  I used soy milk as a binder.  The ochres seemed to wash out a lot less than the natural dye extracts I used.  It is painted on cotton organdie which is semi transparent so is a bit difficult to photograph.


That’s all I’ve photographed at the moment – more to follow!

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6 Responses to Natural dyeing – the results!

  1. Vicki W 19th January 2010 at 1:27 am #

    These are great. I love the trees in shades of brown.

    • Liz 25th January 2010 at 9:43 pm #

      Thanks, Vicki! I was trying to get the feeling of depth in a wood… I will probably do something more with it but it’s a great background

  2. Diane N 19th January 2010 at 3:44 am #

    What is a gocco screen? I love what you’ve done here. They look really wonderful.

  3. Helen Cowans 19th January 2010 at 11:29 am #

    These are beautiful,especially the logwood

    • Liz 25th January 2010 at 9:40 pm #

      Thanks, Helen, I like that one too.