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Eco-dye results of alum, tea & iron on silk

After waiting for the scarves to cool, I unwrapped them, picked off the leaves, hung them out to dry – and then rinsed them in water with splash of vinegar (silk likes that) and finally ironed them dry.

Scarf 1

Although the kale didn’t make any difference as far as I could see, the tea leaves left nice golden brown marks along the scarf, and the ends that were on the outside of the bundle, where they touched the rusty mozzie coil holder, had turned dark grey.  The effect is very pleasing:

Scarf over-dyed with tea on eucalyptus dyed silk. Dark grey spots from rust.

Scarf over-dyed with tea on eucalyptus dyed silk. Dark grey spots from rust.

Scarf 2

I really like how this one turned out.  While the sage leaves didn’t really leave any colour, they did act as pale resists in some places.  However, the roibus created some vivid russet marking and the black tea produced grey.

Scarf dyed with tea, roibus, iron, rust and alum

Scarf dyed with tea, roibus, iron, rust and alum

Where the dye-bath (tea, rusty iron, alum) saturated the material, it stained it a lovely dark grey-black.  There is a pattern that repeats, showing how it was folded, and the bull dog clips acted as strong resists that left clear marks on the background.

Scarf freshly unbundled, before ironing showing repeating pattern created by folding material pre-dyeing.

Scarf freshly unbundled, before ironing showing repeating pattern created by folding material pre-dyeing.

This scarf has given me the confidence to experiment further with different dye-baths, and eco-print materials and mordants!

Results from second eco-dyeing experiment

After a fair amount of patience, I unwrapped the two bundles from yesterday’s eco-printing experiment.

Bundle 1 – the silk scarf bundled with eucalyptus leaves produced a nice golden scarf with darker gold leaf prints.  And would you believe? I forgot to photograph it! Sorry.

However, as the result was similar to my first scarf, I decided to use it in today’s experiment, which I’ll post next.

Bundle 2 – the previously dyed pink/purple tie-dyed piece of silk which reminded me too much of Barbie – that I immersed in the dye bath, came out with some lovely variations of golden overlaying the pink and purple, muting those colours nicely.  I photographed this one and it looks like this:

Pink purple dyed silk overdyed in eucalyptus leaf/bark dye bath

Pink purple dyed silk overdyed in eucalyptus leaf/bark dye bath

I love the colours now, and will probably hem this piece and use as a scarf.  Of course I could turn it into a simple camisole top but I’m not sure if that will overstretch my sewing gene beyond it’s capacity.

My next post will cover today’s experiment with tea, iron and alum mordants.

New articles on my website

Having a couple of hours to spare this afternoon – after work and a relaxing ‘nanny nap’, I began the task of adding to my new website, www.aannshajones.com.au

Here’s a run down on what you can find newly added, if you are interested:

Nourishment For Your Soul CD – at the moment accessed via “Buy Now” button on Audio page

Little Inner Voice to Articles Section

Expression of Life to Inspirations Section

Free Articles Section,

Inspirations Section

And I updated Events page.

 

 

Christmas felt pebbles, brooch & pic

I fancied a change today.  No scarves today, I wanted to do something different. Something cute. Something small.

Felted Christmas pebbles

Wet felted Christmas pebbles approx 5x3cm

Wet felted Christmas pebbles approx 5x3cm

So I collected some pebbles from the garden and felted them in Christmas colours;

red with green silk,

white with red silk,

green with red silk,

white with purple silk,

purple with white silk and a touch of sparkly gold Angelina fibre.

Yummy!!

I’ve also covered one pebble in dark blue with lighter blue silks and I think I will be embroidering a star on that one.

I think these will make lovely little stocking fillers, or Christmas table decorations.

Then I made a…

15x15cm Felt picture

This is of an evening nature scene, 15x15cm which I will stick onto a canvas of the same size.

Here are a couple of pics of the layout and the picture itself.  The first one is of the layout, mainly of merino wool, with some silk tops, a little Angelina fibre in the sky, some nepps as stars, some silk noile flowers and a little bit of silk sari for patterning in the foreground.  The photo of the layout was taken in daylight and the one of the finished painting was taken in artificial light this evening, so there’s a bit of a difference with the hues.

Layout for nature evening scene

Layout for nature evening scene

Wet felted picture 15x15cm of evening nature scene

Wet felted picture 15x15cm of evening nature scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needle felted brooch – country scene

Then, with time to spare, I got out my felting needle and a large button for sizing, and felted a little nature scene with a poppy in the front, which I stuck onto the button, after I’d attached a brooch clasp to the back.  Here are a couple of photos of this.  It is very cute, and only 4cm in diameter.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these different objects and I’ll make some more smaller, and different items, which I’ll be able to display for my customers at the two pre-Christmas markets that I’ll be attending.

Bespoke Gift Ideas!

Wanting something unusual, unique, sumptuous for a friend or loved one for a special occasion and know they’d love a piece of wearable art? Or a stunning felted wall hanging? Or quirky felted bowl or other unique item?

Here are some ideas:

Summer Scarf (nuno felted onto tissue silk)

Network Scarf (lots of merino and varieties of silk)

Summer Scarf with Flower detail (nuno felted onto hemmed 100% silk scarf)

Jewellery made with felt and/or beads/freshwater pearls

Wall hangings and felt paintings

Vases, bowls, books and more…

Ensure your gift is ready for Christmas!

Now is a good time to put in your order for a commissioned scarf or other piece of felt art.

As these are hand made items, and each piece takes several hours to make, if you order now you can ensure your order will arrive in time to gift it at Christmas.

If you let me know which out of the scarves or other items you’ve seen on this blog that you like, and give me an idea of the colours or style you are after, I will do the rest!

There are felted gifts to suit your budget –  from $5 plus P&P to $500 plus P&P.

I would love to help you with the ideal gift! Contact me today using the contact form below and we can arrange that extra special one-of-a-kind gift.

If you landed on this page from my website and would like to return, please click here.

Eco dyed scarf on Jill

Jill has been trying out my eucalyptus dyed silk scarf while I’ve been at work.

She even took some pictures of herself, cleverly working out how to use the timer button on the camera.

Jill may look like a dummy but she’s quite smart lol.

Here are some pics of her wearing the scarf in different ways, showcasing the lovely warm light browns and beiges that the eucalyptus and vinegar produced on the silk.

Not bad for a first attempt at dying.  (I need to work on my ironing skills though.)

Eco-print silk scarf experiment

I think it must happen to us all eventually.  Well all textile artists.

Bundle and leaves in dye pot weighted down with a bowl.

Bundle and leaves in dye pot weighted down with a bowl.

What?

Experimenting with eco-printing/dying.

I have been very inspired by blogs such as http://wendiofthetreasure.com,  http://clasheen.wordpress.com/ and http://terriekwong.blogspot.com.au/ which I have been following with a bemusement that comes from reading about a topic I have no familiarity with at all beyond hand dying out of a packet. Which just confirms the absolutely no familiarity since eco-printing is about using what we find in nature to dye our fabrics.

Surrounded by native Australian flora in the sub-tropical environment of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland (at the foot of one of the Glasshouse Mountains), I’ve been longing to dip my toe in the water of the dye pot as it were and have a go, but I haven’t been confident enough nor have I had any mordants such as Alum to hand.

This afternoon after a pleasant day at the Glasshouse Market, where I displayed my latest hand-dyed silk and nuno felted scarves, I came home and spent some time relaxing in front of my pc, glass of chilled white wine in hand, scrolling through the Reader for interesting blogs.

Once again, my attention was drawn to the latest blogging about eco-dying and printing.

“Right, that’s it. Today’s the day. I’ve only got vinegar, but that’s today’s mordant.  Tomorrow I’ll get some alum.”

I put down the wine – reluctantly, as it was very nice and cool and the afternoon was hot and steamy in anticipation of a storm.  Picking up the first plastic bowl I put my hand on, I exited the front of the house, marched down the drive and aimed at the eucalypts as these seem to consistently bring good results from what I’ve read. Plus my house is surrounded by them.  Returning with large and small eucalypt leaves (don’t ask me which species), and some lovely dark reddish-brown eucalypt bark, I set to making my first bundle.

Selection of eucalypt leaves and some I'm not sure of, plus bark.

Selection of eucalypt leaves and some I’m not sure of, plus bark.

As for the rest of the dying experiment, here is a short slide show covering the main steps using one of my new hemmed silk scarves:

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And here’s the finished result. Isn’t it fantastic!

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Next step – source some Alum. I’ll try the local chemist first.

Then the sky’s the limit.  Or should I say, the garden’s the limit!

New hemmed silk poppy scarf

Hemmed soft, drapable nuno felted silk scarf with poppies at either end.

Hemmed soft, drapable nuno felted silk scarf with poppies at either end.

I was fortunate enough to meet a textile artist the other day who told me where to source hemmed silk scarves in Australia.

I liked that idea because during our summer months the heat and humidity does make the wool on the edging of even my summer scarves a tad warm.  Using hemmed scarves means I can still felt beautiful details and pictures onto the silk, but without ‘hemming’ with wool along the edges to prevent fraying, as I have done up until now.

Of course, I still love my tissue silk and will continue to purchase that as well, because the effect you can get on this lightweight material is gossamer fine.  The hemmed silk scarves I have just obtained are slightly less open weave than the tissue silk, but when I opened the pack, I blew through one and knew that with a tad more rubbing, I could still felt it.

These scarves are gorgeous, with such a sheer lustre to them, I couldn’t wait to felt onto one.

Hemmed silk scarf with nuno felted poppies

Hemmed silk scarf with nuno felted poppies

This morning I set about another poppy scarf as I loved the effect of the original one I made recently.  This one is a slightly different design but still uses fine merino wool as well as silk hankies and tops along with a little Angelina fibre to get that glow that brings light-catching properties to the matt of the wool.

Gawd, I love textile art!

Hemmed silk scarf showeing 3 poppies nuno felted at one end

Hemmed silk scarf showing 3 poppies nuno felted at one end

I figured wispy merino would probably migrate more through the netting during felting than onto the scarf, so I used prefelt pieces ‘stuck’ down with merino rovings, and with the wool and silk details applied on top.

I was right about needing to work it harder, but I reckon the finished effect is well worth the effort. During the felting, some of the red dye from the hand-dyed wool transferred to the white silk scarf, giving it a delicate hint of palest red, which works very well with the bold reds, black and green of the poppies.

Hemmed silk scarf so sheer you can see my hand through it!

Hemmed silk scarf so sheer you can see my hand through it!

The finished scarf is gorgeous! It’s lightweight, sheer, lustrous and has a lovely tailored look with the hand hemmed edges and the felted poppies at each end have a painted effect that I love.  I will definitely be felting the others in a similar way.

Hemmed silk scarf showing nuno felted single poppy at one end

Hemmed silk scarf showing nuno felted single poppy at one end

I reckon this will make someone a delightful Christmas present.  It is one of a kind, and art in textile as well as sumptuous materials, sheer for Australian summer yet warm for winter – that’s the beauty of silk.

New network scarves

As Christmas is around the corner with only three markets before then, I’m making more treasures for my stall.

The latest two little beauties are network scarves – one in reds and oranges, the other in blues and turquoise.

Each have inlays of silk chiffon, silk hankies and silk tops all of which I hand dyed first.  The silk ensures a fabulous lustre to the scarves.  That, plus dimensional yarn snaking along the length of each one, gives each scarf a rich, interesting finish that is enhanced by the complimenting, striking colours.

Love Poppies! – Nuno felt scarf!

Here’s a lovely lightweight scarf I have just made.  I couldn’t leave the poppies until I had used the theme on at least one other item.

Changing my style slightly, although still keeping the scarf as fine as possible and using the wool mainly to ‘stick’ silk to silk, I laid one end of the scarf out showing a poppy field, and the other with three large poppy heads.

This will be on display over the weekend as well.

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