Dye Bundle: Pecan Leaves

October 11, 2015

Callahan County in Texas is famous for it's Pecans. Growing up, I spent many hours harvesting, cracking and eating these bountiful nuts that grow so abundantly in the area. Pecan trees have always held a special place in my heart and the warm brown colors extracted from the leaves evokes fuzzy feelings within me, like the smell  of pecan pies baking and Autumn nights that still remember the heat of Summer. 

I bundled the fresh leaves in unbleached cotton calico/muslin fabric and bound the bundle with vintage twine from the Texas Panhandle. 

 After steaming the bundle in a stockpot with a steamer insert for aproximately 3 hours, I removed the bundle from the steam and cooled it before unwrapping and drying the fabric.


 The leaves left imprints on the fabric and imparted the beautiful, earthy brown pigment to the fibers.

 I cut some of the fabric into strips to work with in some future projects. I used only steam to dye this fabric and I didn't rinse the fibers after dyeing. I am very pleased with how this process went and after dyeing other fabrics with this method and washing them conventionally, I concluded that the pigment is colorfast and durable!


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