My friend Mary sent me a link in an email this week that she knew I would love. ( thanks Mary). It describes a technique for printing on fabric with ferns. . All you need is some natural, neutral colored fabric , a hammer, a hard, smooth surface and some plant material from your garden to get started. Here is what I did.
Here is some advice. The inclination would be to lay the leaves face down on the fabric but the color comes out far better if you lay them face up. Use a metal hammer not a plastic or wooden one. Start by hitting or tapping softly first to adhere the leaves to the fabric and then you can get a little more aggressive. If you start off too strong you will break the leaves and flowers. With the flowers start tapping at the edge of the petals and work your way to the center.
The next one shows a print made from the fibonacci pattern on the bottom of a pinecone. I used a paintbrush and brushed the surface with some fabric paint and pressed it onto the fabric using my hand behind to get more pattern since the pinecones are not flat. I love the pattern it made and will definitely be exploring this more later in the summer.
I headed to my newly painted sewing room ( thank you deborah, sweetheart) to see what I could make with this plant printed fabric.
Here is a little sneak peek of what I made. Shhhh !!!! Some one has a birthday soon so I don't want to give it all away.
I wish you all a great weekend and just want to leave with a thought economics and ecology are based on the same root word, eco, from the Greek oikos, meaning "home". Ecology is the study of home while economics is its management. If we are to find a truly sustainable future, we have to put the eco back into economics and the logic back into ecology.