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Herb Robert -Eco Print

A while ago I made this white, cotton & silk blend tunic part of a collection for my portfolio. It has been sitting around waiting to be dyed.

Knot Tunic - Verena Erin

I found out that Herb Robert (geranium robertianum) produces a brown dye and noticing the little purple flowers around our yard, decided to use it for printing.

Herb Robert - Natural Dye Journal

I used the whole plant except for the roots and positioned them to hopefully get an interesting pattern with the stems and leaf shapes. I then bundled the fabric and steamed it for about an hour, leaving it to dry overnight. The result was a nice print but the colour was a pale yellow. Wanting a stronger contrast I did a post-mordant with iron which produced some darker browns and soft grays.

Printed tunic with Herb Robert - Natural Dye Journal

Herb robert print - Natural dye journalHerb robert print - Natural dye journal

I am happy with the results although I didn’t get a lot of clean leaf prints, I think this is due to the fact that the plant stems are very stiff and using the whole plant didn’t allow firm contact on the fabric, for printing again I would just use the leaves.  Also I did notice that because of the iron the fabric is less soft which is unfortunate but expected with the silk fabric content (iron mordant isn’t recommended for protein fibres).

Overall I really like the effect but think it needs a little more colour so I will probably over-dye with a light ombre or another leaf print.

Project X

A collaborative, student-led, creative project for the Kwantlen graduation fashion show.

Design Illustration
Design Illustration


Verena Erin Project X Outfit - Photo: Lumiere Studio
Outfit – Photo: Lumiere Studio
Project X Group Photo - Seadance Photography
Group Photo – Seadance Photography

Thanks to:

Model – Angie Clark
Makeup – Stephanie Adisaputro
Photography – Lumiere Studio and Seadance Photography

See more images from the photoshoot.



Indigo Coat

Indigo over-dyed, denim pieced coat with wool felting - Verena Erin

Shibori over-dyed denim coat with wet-felted wool hood and cuffs, and needle-felted details.

Indigo over-dyed, denim pieced coat with wool felting

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