Late in the afternoon on a Friday, I called my friend Tash Wesp ( Felted Fusion) in Oregon about taking a private lesson with her to up my eco printing skills. When she said yes I threw all my stuff in my car and hit the road. I drove from Humboldt ( that’s 6 hours north of San Fransisco where the Sequoias are) to about half way up the Oregon Coast. It is a very beautiful drive. Since I know not everyone who reads this blog is familiar with the United States here is a map.
These pictures were on the way down the coast from Oregon on the trip home.
I arrived at her house and it was so great to see her! The next morning we started our experimentation on hemp/cotton jersey, and cotton fabrics.
I was completely blown away by my private lesson! I have been eco printing for a while now, and am sometimes disappointed when I take an eco printing class and don’t learn any thing new. That wasn’t the case this time. I learned so much and it was such fun.
This was the first shirt, it is all natural dyes using iron on cotton.
So you don’t have to be an Eco printer to understand but after I opened this bundle I was so excited. ( I don’t get excited much except about cheese and chickens)
Here is the second shirt, done the same way but with rusty water on cotton
Then remember the Hemp/Cotton Mum bought me for my birthday?
Well here it is in all its wonderfulness.
This is Cotton wish I had taken a before picture with because I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Logwood. LOVELY right??
Then another sample of the hemp/cotton with logwood.
Then a piece of wool jersey ( this one is hers I liked the way it turned out)
Needless to say I had a wonderful trip! I learned so much about eco printing on new fabrics and she was a wonderful teacher. She lives in the coastal community of Newport, Oregon. There are lots of places to stay, with many activities if you wanted to go and take a private lesson with her I highly recommend it it to anyone in the area, or even to make a special trip.
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