Natural Dye – Eco Printing – Tea + Coffee

An index card on a white table. There is jack o' lantern printed washi tape on the top edge of the card. Handwritten on the card in black ink is the information for eco printing detailed on this web page.

At the bottom of the card are stapled two linen fabric samples. The one on the left is labeled coffee and is a grey with two eco printed black dots. The one of the right is labeled tea and is a brownish grey with black eco printed splotches in the lower right corner.

Coffee fabric sample – Tea fabric sample

  • Ferns
  • Sumac berries
  • Sumac leaves
  • Oak leaves
  • Maple leaves
  • Queen Anne’s lace
  • calendula
  • 12 tea bags
  • 50 g coffee

7/13/19 –

  • Soak linen for eco printing
  • Simmer tea + coffee for45 minutes
  • Simmer wrapped bundles for 1 hour
  • Rest for 1 hour
  • Add back to pots to soak and cool overnight
  • Wash and rinse with Soak

Natural Dye – Sumac bark/twigs

Photo of two index cards laid out on a white table. The top index card has written information detailed in text on this page for the sumac bark/twig dye.

The bottom index card has 5 dye samples stapled to it. There are 4 fabric strips in linen, linen/rayon, bleached muslin, and natural muslin and 1 cotton yarn. They are all in shades of a light greyish tan color. The linen/rayon is a little more grey than the others. The natural muslin is a little more brown than the others.

Linen Fabric – Linen/Rayon Fabric – Bleached Muslin Fabric – Natural Muslin Fabric – Cotton Yarn

(later determined to actually be bark and twigs from Campsis Radicans)

Mordant: Alum 8% of dry weight 12/13/18 – 12/14/18

  • Sumac soaked in water for 24 hours
  • Sumac simmered in water for 1 hour and drained
  • Fabric added dry, cotton yarn added damp*
  • Dye bath for 1 hour 15 minutes low/medium heat
  • Let cool in dye water in plastic bag
  • Air dry
  • Washing machine rinse and dryer dry low

*except half sample dipped in 1 week old iron modifier