I'm impressed and inspired by the book's beautiful design, the wealth of information and most of all the innovative and open-minded approach to natural dyeing. As an example - instead of invariably striving for the fastest colour, the author says:
Not all colours will be substantive but they will be unique! One could have a garment that changed with the seasons, in which stains are considered the pre-mordant for another colour. The whole could be progressively patched or embellished, a palimpsest in the form of an ever-changing garment.
It's as if you stop fighting the material into submission and instead observe, accept and work with its inherent qualities...
Because it's autumn and there are mountains of colourful leaves everywhere, I had to have a go at India Flint's signature technique - eco printing.
So far I've tried the method that involves steaming the plant material wrapped in fabric. It not only creates attractive prints but is a neat way to discover if the plant has dyeing potential and what colour it might give.
In the first bundle I used very fine silk and the bonus of that was the 3D detail of the veins that got steamed into the fabric.
Below is my second attempt on heavier repurposed silks. I was surprised by the purple! My guess is that at least one of the fabrics had been machine washed and the dye reacted with traces of the detergent.
The last picture shows my favourite detail. I like the places where the leaves overlapped (dye seeped in from another layer of the bundle) and at the very bottom where the small fern leaves (too dry to impart colour themselves) acted as a resist.