Sometimes spur-of-the-moment dye pots are the best. After trimming fruit trees in the garden, I made a quick brew out of pear clippings (twigs and leafs), vaguely remembering that nice colors were achieved last time I tried this (in Rowland Ricketts' class at Shakerag summer before last). In went some wool gauze, a piece of silk, and an old irish linen scarf. Then I layered some silk and cotton with peach leaves (also left over from the trimmings) sandwiched between perforated metal plates and clamped tight.
The loose fabric pieces were mordanted with alum and everything was left in the pot overnight. The pear brew gave a rich mocha/chocolate color that contrasted oh so well with the bright olive green of the peach leaves.
Yet again I pinch myself, squeal with delight, and thank all the creative energies (especially India Flint) for the gift of eco printing. This is how magic happens.