Amanda Critchlow.

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Botanical contact printing

By Amanda Critchlow, Jul 26 2015 11:27PM

I have been making felt and then embellishing it with botanical contact printing. I have been using white shetland fleece as the felt fibres which gives me a smooth and strong fabric. I then place the leaves, lichen, flowers and skins onto the felt, roll it up tight and steam the bundle. The inspiration has come from India Flint who has written books on the subject and the rest is trial and error and experimentation. From an ethical point of view I find using onion skins, leaves and lichen fallen from the trees, lily stamen and flowers gathered from the garden all fit in with my environmental policies. I love the result and am very happy with the bags and purses that I have made from these original pieces of felt.

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