New Bundles Awaiting the Big Reveal!

Ooo the anticipation. I do hope I am not disappointed ….

Wrapped Dye Bundles

Wrapped Dye Bundles

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Eco Dyeing Heaven

Spent a fantastic morning with Jenny Leslie improving my Eco Dyeing techniques. Jenny was extremely helpful and had lots of advice (some of it direct from her course with India Flint – sooo jealous).

The anticipation during unwrapping is great!

Unwrapping the bundles

Unwrapping the bundles

More unwrapping

More unwrapping

Anyway here are the initial results – not yet washed out so hope they don’t fade too much – very happy with them, although may need to re-dye to turquoise scarf for more contrast/colour.

Cotton with copper mordant and Eucalypus overdyed

Cotton with copper mordant and Eucalypus overdyed

Cotton with milk mordant and  Blackberry Leaves

Cotton with milk mordant and Blackberry Leaves

Dyed scarf with Blackberry Leaf overdyed

Dyed scarf with Blackberry Leaf overdyed

Silk scarf with ornamental eucalyptus

Silk scarf with ornamental eucalyptus

Discharge Paste Experiments

Discharge PasteDischarge Paste

Here are my first experiments with household chemicals as a discharge paste.  On my first piece I thought it hadn’t worked, so went out and left it on the fabric – on my return it had certainly removed the colour but had also started to eat into the material!

These samples are scrunch dyed using Indigo and then printed with leaves, coated with the ‘discharge paste’.  I am very pleased with these initial results and keen to move onto to larger pieces of fabric and preloved clothing – whoo hoo!

The Secret of my Parcels Revealed

Finally have had time to unwrap my dye parcels – plenty of time to ‘cook’ then – which is good.

Very few leaf prints and those that have worked are very feint so much more work to do.

But despite this some very exciting results – yey!

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New Layers on Dye Parcels

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Think these are coming on nicely but now need to add yellow and green tones – which are proving a little evasive – will need some more investigation!

Hopefully with one more dye application they will be ready for the stitched layers.

Autumn Colours (Part I)

ImageWhilst driving around last year I became very interested in the colours of Autumn.

Having selected a few that I really liked I started to experiment with dyeing – these samples were coloured with Acid Dyes. This is my original take on Autumn Colours but even for me they are too bright.