Not one to let a little pigment go to waste, I quickly got some squares of fabric out. The first one was a scrap of rust dyed fabric, and the second was a very pale purple attempt at deconstructive screen printing that was either going to be a future rag, or was in desperate need of overdyeing.
Here were my steps:
- Ironed the fabrics to pieces of heavy duty freezer paper, mostly to help protect my ironing board.
- snipped the petals off the flower and lay them on the rust dyed fabric.
- Steamed the petals with the iron on hot about an inch above the fabric. This further wilted the petals and made them lie flat. It also moistened them quite a bit, which was a great help.
- Placed another piece of heavy duty freezer paper on top and then ironed the whole mess until lots of colour came out into the fabric below.
Here is a look at the effect on the rust dyed fabric:
I like the watercolour effect that the petals gave. I felt there was still a lot of colour left in the petals that were stuck to the freezer paper so here is what I did:
- Steamed the petals again with the iron.
- Flipped it over onto the pale purple piece.
- Rubbed and pressed with the iron, and with the back of a spoon.
- Repeated several times, moving the petal/paper to different areas of the fabric below
- Dryed and heat set the fabric.