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How to Leaf Print on Fabric

Threads magazine - 47 – June/July 1993

Dyeing fabric with photosensitive dyes, which develop in sunlight is an interesting way to embellish your garment. Author Betty Auchard shares her method for using photosensitive dyes.

Fresh or dried flowers, leaves, weeds, and even slices of fruits and vegetables all make wonderful prints when coated with dye and pressed to cloth. When exposed to sunlight, the dye that makes printing so easy is called Inkodye, which develops into rich colors.

Working with Inkodye is fun, safe, and so easy that anyone can do it. If you’ve tried painting fabric with acrylic or fabric paint and found it messy to work with, slow to dry, or stiff on fabric, give Inkodye a try. It leaves the surface soft, dries quickly, and cleans up with water.

From Threads #47

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  1. GinnyGarren | | #1

    I can't decide which technique I want to try first! What I appreciate about your magazine and the ideas is that your ideas are beautifully done and sophisticated. I really do not like "cutesy". Thank you so much for the great ideas and techniques to create good looking clothing and projects.

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