Mordant dyes can create a look of nature that will last long after the leaves in the garden are gone.
Prepare mordant baths (see “About Mordants” on Page 30) and set aside. Then, place a crisp leaf, vein side up, on a non-porous work surface.
Lay the fabric, right side facing down toward the leaf, and cover with a piece of paper towel. Hold the leaf in place with one hand and begin pounding firmly but gently until you’ve pressed the entire leaf evenly.
Pull back the paper towel to make sure the entire leaf’s imprint is distinctly revealed. Carefully remove the leaf from the fabric, peeling away any remaining bits of leaf. Be careful not to smear the edges.
Submerge the printed fabric in a tannic acid bath (or other mordant) for 2 minutes. Rinse well in water.
Then, submerge the fabric in an alum bath for 2 minutes (see “About Mordants” at left) and rinse well in running water. Wash the completed print in warm, sudsy water, rinse and dry.
Use herb prints to make placemats, pillows, quilt squares, herb-printed clothing or any other fabric craft you can come up with.