…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.
I said in my last post that I’ve been asked to make a felt hat for a Christmas present. The lady wanted purples, maroons and a bit of black.
So here it is – You can see the silk hankies shining through – and the mottled colours blending together.
I’m very happy with how it turned out and want to make one for myself next!
In the next post I’ll diarise the actual process for anyone interested.
If you want to contact me about a commission or any of my felt scarves and other felty things, please contact me via www.aannshajones.com.au
This latest work was inspired by the flotsam and jetsam that is found on beaches everywhere.
I started the project a couple of days ago when I made the ‘orbs’ but although I knew I wanted a mobile, I wasn’t sure how to start. So all the bits and pieces to make it lay on the dining room table looking at me for a while.
Last night after looking at the dining room flotsam and jetsam cluttering the table, I went to bed but couldn’t sleep except fitfully. At 1.30am I got up and had completed the mobile in two hours. I’m now pooped, but satisfied lol.
Taking sea blues, images of shells, seed pods, fishing nets, rope, and seaweed, I felted some ‘orbs’ in blues and added details of wool nepps, shells, polished stones, feathers and other beachy items, glueing where necessary. Then I hung them all together with string and a few pieces of wood and here’s my felt Flotsam and Jetsam!
(The leaves at the top aren’t part of it, they are part of the hanging plant I hung the work from).
This would look lovely in a bathroom, or beach inspired room. It would also suit a beach house, or holiday home.
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?