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« on: August 19, 2017 10:55:45 AM »



I tried the flower pounding technique on two cotton handkerchiefs with decent results! It's pretty easy and fun. First collect some flowers and petals (you can also use ferns and other leaves):



Lay them out on your fabric, then tape them down to keep them in place:





If you've got sections of flower uncovered by tape, cover it with a piece of paper or a few sheets of paper towel so you don't transfer the bits with your hammer. And then smash! Try to get as much even coverage as you can over each flower.



Then peel the tape up and gently scrape off leftover bits. Iron the cloth to heat-set the dye.



My first piece was much more subtle, but the pink color didn't transfer well.





I imagine silk or other natural fibers would work well with this technique. I still haven't tried washing them, so I hope they hold up to that. If you try this, I'd love to see your results!
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2017 02:16:34 PM »

This is gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2017 06:21:02 AM »

Unique and gorgeous
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2017 06:59:35 AM »

So pretty! I wonder if, like with tie dye, you can treat the fabric with something before dying to make the stain set better. 
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2017 07:20:00 AM »

Very cool! I think I'll try it on hand made paper. I too wonder about the colour fastness, it's funny that it's so brilliantly transferred when dying fiber with plants results in very different results. Let us know how the colour holds up, if it changes over time and with washing?
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2017 12:31:29 AM »

Pretty good - I like the colours!  You can try setting the colour - one way that I learned at a workshop, and that I have used with fairly good success is to mix fabric paint medium with water at a 1:1 ratio and spray it onto the fabric after applying colour, and then setting it as per instructions. This has worked for me for water colours, pencil crayon, and certain markers (depends on how much the marker runs on the fabric - it sets but the running is the issue).
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017 06:59:09 AM »

Wow, this is lovely!

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017 12:29:46 PM »

This is awesome!  Well done.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2017 06:28:22 AM »

Those are so gorgeous!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018 07:21:20 PM »

Oh wow, such a neat technique! I've never heard of it before. Lovely pieces!
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