…And lots of other things as well!
Since I wrote my last post, I have bundled, boiled, dried, rinsed, dried and ironed quite a few new eco-printed shirts and tees. All ready for the CWA Easter Art & Craft Twilight Market on 4th April.
Rather than bore you with the details, which are similar as for previous posts, I’ll add a gallery of my latest beautiful nature-painted clothes.
I’ve taken photos of them in the last few moments of sunlight in front of our mini-rainforest – so the colours of the eco-dyed clothes are enhanced by the trees and bushes, and natural light.
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
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.
Nov ’13 Glasshouse Market stall
Yesterday, along with the Poppy Scarf, I also made a couple more nuno felt scarves using a hand-dyed piece of chiffon that I cut into one thin and one wider strip. I was very industrious as I was working towards today’s Glasshouse Market stall, and the next few markets before Christmas.
Without going into the ins and outs of the whole production, here are some photos of the finished scarves.
Summer scarf in rose, lavender, heliotrope and yellow on hand-dyed tissue silk using lighter dye bath of same colours.
Close up of narrow summer scarf nuno felted onto tissue silk. Colours include lavender, heliotrope and rose.
Close up of summer scarf in rose, lavender, heliotrope and yellow – modelled by a lady wearing a rose top.
Slim summer scarf tied as belt
Summer scarf nuno felted onto tissue silk using merino wool on tissue silk, with silk hankies and silk tops. Hand dyed colours include lavender, heliotrope and rose.
Hemmed soft, drapable nuno felted silk scarf with poppies at either end.
Keeping on a theme of undyed tissue silk as a base for my scarves, which I rather like as it allows the bold colours of the flowers to stand out, I have taken lots of hand dyed silk, cotton scrim, silk tops and hankies and added them to both ends, to create a fantasy flower effect. Adding a hint of Angelina fibre to the centres of the flowers, catches the light and gives a subtle dash of sparkle.
This one predominant colours are rose, lavender and heliotrope, with some aqua green for leaves.
The long edges of the scarf are more fluted than usual too, as I laid the wool in a different direction this time as I wanted more of a softer, cobwebby effect, which I am happy with.
Blue and pink flower scarves together
Nuno felt scarf – Fantasy flower – tissue silk, merino, silk hankies, silk tops, cotton scrim – all hand dyed
Closeup of nuno felted flower scarf – Fantasy flower – tissue silk, merino, silk hankies, silk tops, cotton scrim – all hand dyed
Had fun yesterday making two more nuno felt scarves.
I was short of time so I did two things I don’t usually do…
1. Instead of hand dying the tissue silk scarf bases, I left tham white, and
2. I made two together on one roll of bubble wrap, making sure I didn’t get the two touching during the felting process. As they were two different colours, I knew I was taking a chance that the colours would bleed together or the scarves would stick together and spoil the edged, but …
They turned out really well and were such a pleasant surprise.
The pink/purple wool bled colour into the silk resulting in a dusky pink tissue silk basis. And the wool/acrylic/crayon blend yarn looks stunning on the vlue scarf. The yarn has crinkled nicely and the circles of yarn set in the triangular sections of scarf look like shells so this scarf is reminiscent of the ocean.
I will be happy to have these at the Glasshouse Markets on Sunday.
Which scarf do you prefer?