While waiting (and waiting) for my cotton and yarn to mordant, I’ve been experimenting with what India Flint calls hot bundling. Hmm… hadn’t noticed it sounds like what I do with Matt on cold nights….
A few months ago, I mordanted some cotton muslin in milk, soy, and oh yes, pee, left it to cure, and spent some time collecting various leaves, flowers, and seeds that I then pressed in above said dictionary, under a rock.
I laid the flora directly on the cottons, rolled them up, secured them with yarn or rubber bands, popped them into a steamer for an hour, and left them on the porch to cool. Here’s what developed overnight:
Bundles must sit two or three weeks to develop colors. That’s the hardest part of this process. Unless you count weeding out forty-six pictures of a rock and a dictionary.
*One of the best Christmas presents I ever received, way back in 1985. Although much enjoyed for its hugeness and comprehensiveness, it was sadly obsolete—until now. Ha!