While at Polly Stirling’s felting retreat this past June, I was introduced to eco printing and dying. I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie, concocting magical potions with my friends. Making eco color is easy and fun. The results are unique and beautiful but more important, the practice is sustainable and good for our planet.
As with all new techniques I learn, I love for there to be an adventurous and experimental aspect to the process. Eco color offers just that. I am often surprised and delighted with the results. I have mixed up batches of avocado pits and black walnuts and gotten a light brown dye. My favorite tree is the plum maple from which I use leaves to eco print. They produce a beautiful light purple color and the cherries from the tree make a beautiful purple dye bath. I have some flowers and lavender in the freezer and will be playing with them next.