Sometimes the WOW factor is not desirable when eco-printing. And when would that be, you ask? When you are stitching story cloth, for art quilts, for hand-embroidery. For mixed media collage. When you want to follow subtle patterns and not be drowned out by bold purple, orange and red leaf prints.
I enjoy stitching on linen, and so with that in mind, I cut some strips of scoured new white linen fabric, then mordanted it with alum acetate. Wrapped a few geranium leaves in a flat bundle, along with a few stray crape myrtle leaves and stems. Steamed in plain water with a touch of pomegranate powder for about an hour. Oh, and there were some quick leaf dips in iron water, but not with all of the leaves and stems.
Unwrapped immediately, air dried. Waiting now for my stitching. A new story to tell. With cloth and nature and thread.