Eco-printing on paper with St John’s Wort

St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an incredible plant. It can be identified by crushing the flower buds, which will release a beautiful deep plum liquid. This colour comes from hypericin, which gives an indication of the plant’s dyeing potential and is also one of its medicinal constituents. The flowers and top few centimetres of each […]

Eco-printing on paper tutorial

This tutorial shares a simple method of eco-printing on paper. The effects you get will depend on your local flora, the paper you use and many other variables. Have fun experimenting! Materials Paper Mordant- iron soaked in vinegar Plastic gloves Leaves and flowers Onion skins Tin cans (rusty if possible) String Dye pot Step one […]

Natural dyeing with avocado seeds

I’ve been experimenting with naturally dyeing solid colours, aided by Rebecca Desnos’ beautiful ebook. I recently tried dyeing soy-mordanted cotton with avocado seeds (avocado stones/pits). When I first put the fabric in the dye bath I didn’t quite believe it would do anything. The dye looked quite pale. But I left it for about 30 hours […]