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colour transfers

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As I was preparing my eco-bundles for steaming ( https://nichepoetryandprose.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/an-attempt-at-ecoprinting/  ), I was thinking the words ‘heat’ and ‘steam’ – after 30 years of ironing my husband’s work shirts every morning, these words mean ‘steam iron’ to me.  So I wondered if it would be possible to transfer the colour of a flower to cloth using my iron.

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So far, I have tried two species:  Bugleweed (Ajuga reptans) from under our apple trees, and Birdsfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) from the roadside …

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basket of Bugleweed

basket of Bugleweed

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I placed the flowers between two layers of cotton, sprayed the material with water and pressed down with the steam iron set on medium.  I pressed fairly hard and ironed the cloth/flower sandwich until it was dry.  Then I wetted it again and continued until I had transferred the colour …

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using the steam iron to transfer colour from Birdsfoot trefoil to cotton

using the steam iron to transfer colour from Birdsfoot trefoil to cotton

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It took five successive sets of wetting and pressing to obtain the colour.  The blues of Bugleweed turned out best …

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colour transfers from Bugleweed (the pale green in the background is made with leaves from my rosebush)

colour transfers from Bugleweed (the pale green in the background is made with leaves from my rosebush)

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But the yellow colour from petals and stems of the Birdsfoot trefoil also came out well …

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colour transfers from Birdsfoot trefoil

colour transfers from Birdsfoot trefoil

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Now I have two new colour patterns to add to my future ‘harvesting colour’ quilt !

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colour transfers using Bugleweed and Birdsfoot trefoil

colour transfers using Bugleweed and Birdsfoot trefoil

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Copyright  2014  Jane Tims 

Written by jane tims

June 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

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  1. The ironing really did bring out the colour as well as the pattern. The ultimate end of all these swatches is a quilt? How wonderful. It will be like throwing the wild outdoors over top of oneself.

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    francisguenette

    June 25, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    • Hi Fran. Yes, I’ll collect squares until I get enough for a small quilt. My quilting isn’t the best but I love the work. Jane

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      jane tims

      June 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm

  2. Very pretty!

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    Lee

    June 25, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  3. Wonderful! How fun!!!

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    weedimageoftheday

    June 25, 2014 at 10:46 am


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