Introduction to Eco Printing

What is eco printing? This is a form of natural dyeing using direct-to-fabric or -paper printing from leaves, stems or flowers. Almost all plants have some color in them that can be transferred directly to the surface of fabric or paper, leaving the impression of the leaf shape on the cloth. Generally, the artist India …

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How To Eco Print

Nature printing, or eco printing, is the art of pressing leaves onto a fabric or paper surface and extracting the natural dyes from the leaf, leaving a perfect print of each leaf’s surface. Some leaves print more clearly than others, but every single time there are surprises when you unwrap your “bundle.” If you haven’t …

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Eco-printing with Cochineal: A Spectacular Combination

Eco-printing is a journey, more than a destination. It is a perfect project for the Infinitely Curious Person and a really frustrating project for The Perfectionist Person who wants standardized results every time. I’m the first one– the Infinitely Curious Person. It’s just that part of my curiosity involves wondering if I can standardize my results at least some …

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Art vs. Craft

It’s time to reevaluate the 500 year old idea that art is only for the richest people, and it’s only art if it is made with the traditional art media of painting, or bronze or marble sculpting.

Blue Dye in History

The color blue has long been associated with royalty and riches. Any plant yielding blue dye was considered a valuable commodity, and there are only a couple of plants that do.  It is possible that the rarity of blue color sources is the reason for its value. Until the Industrial Revolution, all dyes used to …

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Happy New Year from SlowYarn!

I want to share my slideshow of stellar moments from 2019. In addition to writing for and editing SlowYarn.com, I am a working artist. Most of what I do is fiber arts related, but I throw a lot of woodwork, metalwork, and polymer clay in there, as well. This year, I let myself fly freely …

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Natural Dye For Easter Eggs

I’ve always been a fan of natural dyes. The colors make me feel like I’m coming home to a flower garden. Some of the prettiest colors come from foods in the kitchen. Who hasn’t wanted to capture the brilliant magenta of beetroots forever? The problem is, most of the lovely kitchen colors are fugitive dyes, …

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How Back to Basics Does It Have to Be?

There was a discussion on one of the fiber arts groups on Facebook this morning about “cheating” by using a knitting loom. When your hobby is already practicing an old-fashioned back-to-basics skill like spinning or knitting, how basic does it have to be? Do we rank the “basicness” of our hobbies? Do we judge others based on whether they are struggling as much as we are for our art?