We had glorious spring weather on Sunday ... a perfect day for some eco-dyeing with friends. Dot, Ro, Nat and I spent the day at the Belgrave studio of Jude Craig...doing an eco-dyeing workshop. Fun, fun, fun and less than an hour from home .... and lots of fabric to take home. Jude has been a passionate eco-dyer for many years . She has done workshops with India Flint years ago and was inspired and influenced by her teachings and books.
The grey colours came from a eucalyptus dye bath in an iron pot (see the perle thread below from that same pot!!! Beautiful strong colour). The purple/blue colours were from the red cabbage and purple carrots and those yellowy/mustards from the tumeric...thanks to Nat for bring along the tumeric root and sharing with us all.
I love to tie my bundles with white DMC or perle thread... after the dye pot you get some wonderful threads to use for stitching your cloths . This time I also put in a few buttons that I wanted the colour *tempered* a little. I was really happy with the outcome. Even got a few variegated threads!
The velvet on the left shows colouring from the purple carrots (Ro and Dot loved the purple carrots). The second from the right shows some strong yellow/mustard from the tumeric. I am looking forward to dyeing more with the tumeric. I have been trying to get a muted mustard colour...thus far trying euphorbia and wattle...nothing to exciting yet. Thinking a mix of a few might work. Need to *play* more in the dyepot.
I think all photos are clickable for a closer look...some great effects from the bundling/tieing. I love the serendipity of eco-dyeing...you just never know what you are going to end up with when you untie your bundles.
My little indigo seeds are struggling....BUGS have been eating them as quick as they appear. They have a special cover, but still the bugs gets in. Luckily they appear quite sturdy and keep coming back... a couple are still in tact. I have my fingers crossed that I will have a few healthy plants come summer to try some indigo dyeing and to seed so I can have a crop again next year. I might transplant them next weekend and see how they go in a bigger pot.
My sweet friend Dot recently gifted me these two beautiful fabric pieces. A lovely burnt orange cushion...kimono fabrics, wools, cottons....fabric weaving, buttons. It is gorgeous. I have only one problem with it.....my dear old dog Oakey thinks it's his "special" cushion and loves to snooze with his head on it (he's so old he sleeps most of the day these days). Dot is an animal lover. I think he knows that and that is why he prefers this cushion to any other on my couches.
The beautiful greens are a lovely tote bag Dot made me...to tote my lunch and other goodies to work each day. The Kaffe Fassett fabric is one of my favourites. Lucky me to get two such beautiful, colourful gifts.
BETTER KEEP YOURSELF
CLEAN AND BRIGHT;
YOU ARE THE WINDOW
THROUGH WHICH YOU
MUST SEE THE
-GEORGE BERNARD SHAW-