Dreama Blankenbeckler

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I do eco dye and eco printing with plant and mineral materials...some that I can glean myself and some that I purchase. I use old table cloths , clothing or fabric found in thrift stores. All natural fabrics.
2 months ago
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Hello Dre,
I have never won anything here, but thought it would worth trying for one of your sickles! they look great and I have heard such good things about them. I need something efficient as I am an older adult with some shoulder arthritis. This seems perfect in that it works well and is easy to maintain. I need something that gets it the first cut! I would use it for chop and drop, as well as troublesome weeks that need a sharp whack!
Thank you for entering me into your giveaway.
2 months ago
Hi Anne! I’m so excited to get to read your book and to hear what you have to say about your experiences and knowledge. Welcome!❤️
4 months ago
Rar...I use a couple of things as mordants. Mostly I use alum. I can buy little containers in the spice section at most grocery store. Some folks use  aluminum cookin pots to  simmer their plants and fabrics. Iron can work. I make a solution of vinegar and rusty items. I dip the plants in the "iron" solution. Some folks dye using the ocean. Salt can be a fixative....and vinegar of course. But research is imperative. Some plants don't need mordants at all. And, mordants can change the colors...copper brightens. Iron mutes. Etc.
3 years ago
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Rara, I love your colors! wow. Very beautiful. I have not done much out right dyeing except with tumeric, tea, walnuts, and avocado skins. Mostly I do plant prints on existing clothing. I will look to see what I can share. I don't have a website really.
3 years ago
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Cotton works. I have done a few for friends and teens i know. I would need a market. Not sure. I do silk, linen and wool clothing. Upcycled. Have a consignment deal.
3 years ago
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I do eco printing and dyeing. I am wondering if anyone else out there is also doing this kind of art work. It could also be considered crafty.

For those who don't know what I am talking about, this is one of the things I do:

I take printmaking paper and cut to size to fit an old crockpot or stainless steel pot 3/4 full of rainwater/spring water or at least, filtered water. We'll call that "good water." I have a bucket with good water and a teaspoon of alum (like you get in the spice dept in the grocery store used for canning). Soak the paper for 30 min. Then, lay leaves, flowers, berries, slices of veggies on the paper. It helps if you have saved a few rusty nails or other found objects in a glass jar of vinegar for a week or two). You could dip the leaves and flowers into the rusty solution and then put them on the paper. Lots of info on the net....
When you have the paper (or silk or wool) ready, roll it tight around a stick or wooden dowel and tie it something like a smudge stick with cotton string or twine. Then, simmer it for an hour or two...depending on whether it's paper or silk or wool or linen. After cooking and cooling it, open it up and get a great surprise! Takes some practice and notetaking...but loads of fun.

These are pictures of my paper prints. Post your prints! I have photos of fabric too, if anyone is interested. You can dump the leaves and dye vat outside...no worries....unless it's black walnut dye..then, it could kill your plants??? I hear that..not sure. I use precautions..like never use cooking utensils or pans for natural dyeing. Wear gloves when handling alum or iron.
3 years ago
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