Friday, December 24, 2010

Now the onion skins - Zibele (Zwiebeln) Schalen

because I omitted the first step and dyed the whole lot together in one go, I get the uneven dyes, which I like
Ich habe alles zusammen gefaerbt aufs gleiche mal in einem Schritt, desswegen die mercerierten Farben...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

carrot tops and red cabbage, what a delightful result

Uebersetzung ist Oberhalb (Lebensmittel faerben)) zum Anklicken bitte 

1.) 5 bunches of carrot tops and
2.) 1/2 a red cabbage,
                                              dyed in the aluminium slow cooker, with copper and brass metals

For Instructions click on the Top Bar..........

Sunday, December 19, 2010

no more lilac, but dark rose hues on today's silk/rayon velvet

it just does not show the magic hues on the photos,

sorry India, got my incantations wrong today, just learning after all..................    :-)

Tried all the plants used before in a row, not today it said, we will try again though, mind you I threw a few tea bags in, might have covered/altered the colour (sure did, silly me)
I will always try something else, serves me right, but what fun to be had, to wake up to unbundling...........

Saturday, December 18, 2010

silk/rayon velvet turned lilac, wow

look at this, can't believe the colour:

since the wool and silk have not taken this colour, it has to be the rayon that turned lilac with the eucalyptus leaves and pods

I just can't get over it, not my favourite colour, but a delight no less............
Well, you guessed it, there will be a copied bundle on the boild pretty soon, to see if I can repeat this colour.

I know India writes and tells of this, but I just can not get over the fact, that the same plant (Eucalyptus we are talking about, don't know so much with the other plants) can give you from nothing to magic, and the colour changes with seasons, combinations and so on.
For somebody like me, who would prefer some prediction, its FRUSTRATING.... but also humbling, to not be in charge for once................

Better get back to work then.....................

Saturday, December 11, 2010

nuno felted eco-dyed embellishments, my first try

those bubbles were caused by the blusty windy weather ......... well, it stoped raining for a minute!

had trouble with the felting of the embellished pieces, had to add another layer of prefelt, then it worked fine.
I think the reason would be because the pieces were boiled in the eco dye pot, that would have changed the structure of the prefelt, so it couldn't traverse into the silk, maybe it was just too "heavy" with all the embellishments?????????????

In details:

fascinating how the stitches form the pattern in the felting...........

love this last piece, is very subtle, was a prefelt with a lovely leave pattern from a bundle, covered it with a silk gauze and did the embroidery.........

Friday, December 10, 2010

For this weekend, ready to felt

a layer of recycled silk, prefelt wool, silk chiffon, loosly stitched together with some wool, topped with the stitched on prefelt and eco dyed pieces
be interesting to see how this works, I am thinking of wall hanging, demonstration piece, but who know what it will end up being
Pieces are from blog, 10th May 2010 and before

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

RE: found, stitched and dyed, a whirled-wide sewing circle for gatherers, menders, dyers and dreamers

I am happy to be the contact/collator/gatherer/meeting point, in the Central North West of Victoria, leave me a message here and we will work something out

any ideas, anything to get us started here, please let me know....................

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thought for my day.........

all the bits and pieces are drying between see through curtains, so they do not blow away, what a sad sight, but yes, I do see the stitching comming up (for the next 10 years I think), the pieces are quiet quirky............ got to be able to get some use for them.


Just a thought, as I realy want to paint but get sidetracked between work in textiles, magic eco-printing and having lost weight, taking all my clothes in, if possible.............

About time I get to retire and have "leisure" time to work on all that I "need"/want to do.........

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Disaster struck ..........

here I go, especially left the latest batch of bundles settle for 24hrs, like a good girl.............
what did I get when I unpack: DISASTER that disintergrated in my hands!
You see, I read on India's blog about the magic printing in what might be lime water, and what does silly me do?

I make up saturated limewater und use this in my very special bundles:
  • 3 scarves of 1.7 m x 40 cm & 1 finished fringes scarve of silk/rayon velvet plus a big piece of the above
  • big piece of dupion silk
  • and other bits and pieces
  • some wool, the thicker one survived undamaged, the thinner one disintegrated too.......
Even made photos without the disc in the camera, caught up, so and here it's visually:

more when I feel better.................

Ok, I can see lots of stitching, stitching, stitching.......... with all this little frazzled pieces, that is if I can stabilise the fabric............

Monday, November 15, 2010

This is it: Silk/rayon velvet magic!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks India, I would never have thought this works

Take one Slowcooker, some silk/rayon velvet fabric, add (maybe artfully, if the wind allowes)
  • Eucalyptus cinerea (?) leaves
  • Prunus cerasifera - Cherry plum street tree, leaves and berries
  • Purple sage leaves                               and a few rusty chains
fold & wrap around a brass rod tightly (I am not very good at that)
and this is the outcome:
Make sure you click on it to enlarge it for full effect

The writting on the photo is not very clear, so here are the basics:
  • Eucalyptus cinerea (?) leaves = mark are rusty red
  • Prunus cerasifera - Cherry plum street tree, leaves and berries = mark as various greens
  • Purple sage leaves = mark a lovely supptle green with recognisable sage leave markings
  • chains turn into various brownish to blackish tones
Hope this helps...........

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

it looks much nicer then in the photos, the colour shading is incredible....................

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Workshop in Switzerland with India, 10th, 11th & 12th May 2011

fieldwork with India Flint

May 10,11,12 at Bussy sur Moudon, Switzerland

In our ‘fieldwork’ we will colour cloth using very simple ingredients; leaves, water and heat. We will work with bio-regional dye sources, windfall bundle dyeing techniques and gentle meditative stitching during this three-day workshop on a farm 30km north of Lausanne, Switzerland. Together we shall take windfall-leaf collecting walks to create beautiful dye samplers, gradually piecing them together to construct the foundation of an exquisite textile piece that can be taken on further wanderings to be completed at your leisure. Though no adjunct mordants will be used in this class, there will be opportunity to discuss the potential effects of scrap metals, different waters and other easily sourced ingredients on dye outcomes.

Workshop languages

India is fluent in English and German and has some [but not brilliant] French. We will do our best!

To reserve a place in this workshop please contact Janet Crowe at

It may be possible to organize accommodation and meals for participants, please contact Janet if you need assistance with such things….......


This is from the flyer Janet sent me, and I can attest to her helpfullness, as I will be on holidays there from Australia I could not do everything I wanted from here...................
Hope to see lots of you

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Phee........ the wind kept re-arranging my leaves.....................

Oh! forgot! the dark green I get with the bundling:
I think it is made by the Soursob (oxalis), I bunch in on top and bottom of the aluminium pot, with copper and iron pieces...
Most importantly it seems to develop, by being left to cool/settle about 12 to 24 hrs.................

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Prunus cerasifera is the wild plum's or cherry plum (our street trees) proper name

Well, this weekends work, all on woven wool in the same aluminium pot:

This is it! dried and ironed, was is worth it, YES I declare!

Have you noticed the left and right mirror image as it was folded over?

Here are some details:

Wet out of the pot, first the plum's

then the Eucalyptus that growes near the shed, I have used this tree in a former blog, when the woolen jumper turned that lovely powder pink:


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Bundles from the aluminium pot and the mystery:

I have a mystery in this pots outcome:

The wild prunus leaves are green on one cloth and red/rust on the other, same tree, same twig, etc.............
from what I could work out, the only difference is:
  • the green leave print (wild prunus) have no metal in the bundle and
  • the red/rust leave print from the same had some chains and rings (presumably iron) included

 If you click on the image it enlarges and I have written on the images what is what:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Worked on this earlier this year, now I am putting it into the felting

I thought I better repost as it is from May 2010, way too much to scroll down (but has more info if you want to check it out)

From this:

to this:
I might use some tea bags to colour the whitish cotton lace, they were put in mordant of soy milk, but still did not take much colour, I'll work on it

2010, new project, new ideas, thanks to a workshop with India Flint

I arranged the Prefelt,
then the pieces of silk, wool, cotton and so on ...............
pin them

you stitch and stitch and stitch .............................................

Of course, since I will felt them, I need lots and lots of pieces,
some I stitch then dye with eucalyptus and other plants
some are predyed
I then stitch them with predyed thread or ribbons

What will become of them, to be honest I am not quiet sure,
have a few ideas in my head
You will just have to wait and see

In the next few weeks I will post more samples as I stitch and dye them